(Persia Digest) – The Berlin Wall was erected in 1961, dividing the city in two eastern and western sides for 28 years. At the end of the Cold War, when the wall fell in 1989, artist of Iranian origin, Kani Alavi, took on the managing of 118 artists from 21 countries, transforming the wall into one of the world’s largest galleries with paintings and graffiti. The main theme here is freedom, solidarity, equality, and peace.
This part was named the East Side Gallery with over three million visitors every year.
Kani Alavi has lived in Berlin for over 35 years and studied painting and design. In 2011, the German Chancellor awarded him the prestigious Federal Cross of Merit for his efforts to keep the Berlin Wall paintings intact.
One of the more popular paintings on the wall, measuring 3.5x3 meters, depicts two East and West German citizens embracing following the collapse of the Wall. This massive painting was dismantled by the Bundestag and gifted to and reassembled at the UN.
Following the Trump order to limit entry for the citizens of Muslim countries and a wall to be built on the border with Mexico, Alavi said: “This is not compatible with American culture. A trip by Mr Trump to the Berlin Wall may help him understand and teach him a lesson in the meaning of building a wall.”
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