2019 is the year of the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
I am happy to announce that the exhibition "Art Liberty" - from the Berlin Wall to the Street Art - will be, in the city center, the inauguration exhibition from January 12th, 2019 to March 30th of PLOVDIV2019, European Capital of the Culture.
Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, the oldest populated European city.
The exhibition will then go to Bastogne in Belgium as part of the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the victory of the Battle of the Bulge, which allowed the Allies, after the Normandy landings, to take control of Europe. The Battle of the Bulge was Hitler's last major offensive.
Other projects for Art Liberté are in progress for this year 2019, especially in Berlin.
About the Exhibition
In 2009, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I put together an exhibition of my personal collection of works created as early as 1989 from fragments of the Berlin Wall, by great international artists such as Arman, Buren, Eduardo Chillida, Ilya Kabakov, Richard Long, Robert Longo, Sol Lewitt, Takis, Erik Boulatov, Peter Klasen, and Mimmo Paladino.
The show opened in Paris in the Palais Royal Gardens, then travelled to Berlin’s Deutsches Historisches Museum and onto the Moscow Contemporary Art Centre Winzavod, for an opening on 9 November 2009 with support from the Rostropovich Foundation.
In honour of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, with some thirty bare fragments of the Berlin Wall I had been preserving (probably among the last), I designed a new collection, the first to pay tribute to the emblematic artists who worked on the Wall before its fall.
Although it had been painted on by artists such as Jonathan Borofski, Richard Hambleton, or Rainer Fetting, as well as by many unknown hands as early as 1982, the Wall’s first murals were put up in 1984 by two audacious Frenchmen, Christophe Bouchet and Thierry Noir. German artists such as Peter Unsicker, Heinz J. Kuzdas, Indiano, and Kiddy Citny followed suit, along with Americans like Keith Haring and Ron English, as well as the Swiss artist Luciano Castelli. Between 1984 and 1989, these artists took part in a visual outpouring that inaugurated a new artistic movement in Berlin.
To round out this tribute, it seemed crucial to me to include the greatest international names from the Street Art movement, one of the most important currents in contemporary art. With tremendous enthusiasm, they have answered my call to join in the new “Art Liberty” collection, which celebrates art, the city, history, and freedom.
Initially composed of 30 works, the lively "Art Liberté" collection has growned. - On a single Wall fragment, two artists celebrate icons of pop music. Internationally acclaimed and Lille native Jef Aérosol depicts David Bowie with his then inseparable friend Iggy Pop during their Berlin years, while famous Australian artist JimmyC celebrates Lou Reed.
Finally, three Trabants, emblematic cars of East Germany, have been specially painted for the exhibit by the Berlin Wall’s most storied artists, Thierry Noir, Christophe-Emmanuel Bouchet, and Kiddy Citny. They will be displayed alongside the collection’s.
The metal structures holding the works were designed by American sculptor Adam Steiner.
Visitors can use their mobile phones to capture QR codes associated with each artwork in the collection, which will present a video of the work’s creation and an interview with the artist in either French or English.
This unique collection draws the visitor from the Berlin Wall to the very cutting edge of contemporary street art. Just as Mstislav Rostropovitch had done it by playing Jean-Sébastien Bach the day after the fall of the Wall, the collection shows that wherever it may be, a wall cannot lock up culture.
Sylvestre Verger - Curator