The Berlin Wall Crack
The installation was initiated and supported by the German Embassy in Russia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the German Reunification. Muzeon Park, Moscow. 2020
The original Berlin Wall was 3.6 m high, the replica was a bit lower, 2.8 m, with other proportions very close to the original.
In memory of those historic events I chose to recreate a fragment of the Berlin Wall as the well-known symbol of the Cold War era. But I designed the wall with the signs of destruction, it cracked and split, which was to show that even those solid concrete barriers do not last long. That crack in the wall symbolises the strive and struggle for freedom. And I wanted the viewers to get exposure to the Wall so that they can experience those feelings and emotions themselves.
'The Berlin Wall Crack' was installed in an alley along the Moskva-river embankment. This place is popular with Muscovites, who come here for a casual walk or a regular work-out. It was very important for me, that The Wall interacts with the viewer, invites him to the dialogue. That’s why the art object was set across a narrow alley so that the wall would interfere with the passageway and provoke people to go through the crack, being into intuitive interaction with it.
It was crucial for me that the wall have not only a historical, political and educational meaning, but also a global sense, understandable to everyone. On the one hand, I would like the viewer to feel the oppressive weight of the dividing wall, and on the other, to understand that any obstacle can be overcome.
The wall has two sides, each of different color and meaning. The East-Berliners saw the oppressively grey wall, their side was monotonous and depressive. On the grey side of the wall I reproduced the famous graffiti from the original wall in Berlin, which says: “ The world is too small for walls”. The quote is still relevant today as we keep on building too many walls of misunderstanding and rejection each other. On the other side, the “West Berlin’s” wall is vibrant yellow, covered with bright and cheerful graffitis and paintings.
Follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
It’s no coincidence that the art object was installed in Muzeon (Gorky Park). Muzeon is a part of Gorky Park, to which the Scorpions rock ballad “Wind of change” is dedicated. For many, the song Scorpions has become a hymn of the end of the Cold War and symbol of freedom and peace.
To make the wall look realistic, its texture was especially carefully worked out: there were created cracks, irregularities, inserted real stones and fragments of reinforcement. More over, there was a fragment cast from the real wall of the Moscow two-century house, which was found in the center of the city. So, we can say, that ‘The Fragment of The Berlin Wall’ keeps a small piece of Moscow.
The Ambassador of France Pierre Lévy, the Ambassador of Czech Republic Vitezslav Pivonka, The Ambassador of Austria Johannes Eigner, Deputy Head of the Department of External Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow Evgeniy Drydze, the Artist of the Installation Tatyana Ludanik, The Ambassador of Germany Geza Andreas von Gaire, Deputy Director of the 3rd European Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Oleg Krasnitsky, The Ambassador of Republic of Lithuania Eitvydas Bajarunas, The Ambassador of Republic of Finland Antti Helanterä.
The official Opening of ‘The Fragment of The Berlin Wall’ has become a significant cultural and political event in the life of Moscow, which got together the heads of diplomatic missions of Germany, France, Austria, Hungary, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and also representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia and the Department of External Economic and International Relations of the city of Moscow.
One of the most beautiful real episodes of the fall of The Berlin Wall was an impromptu concert by Mstislav Rostropovich in 1989 near checkpoint "Charlie". In memory of this event, at the closing ceremony of the art object, on November 9, the virtuoso cellist of the Moscow chamber orchestra Musica Viva Emin Martirosyan, like Rostropovich at one time, performed two works by Bach: Sarabanda from Suite No. 2 for cello solo in D minor and Burré from Suite No. 3 for cello solo.
After the symbolic deinstallation of ‘The Fragment of the Berlin Wall’ in Muzeon, the art object was moved to the Goethe German Cultural Center for a permanent exhibition.
"Personally, I get different thoughts looking at it. A fragment of the Berlin Wall is something cold, painful memories of the division of my country, my people. Courageous people have overcome this wall. We Germans were very happy at that moment. And this is demonstrated by the crack that embodies what we call breaking the wall. When you look through a wall, you are looking forward. For me, the Berlin Wall was a symbol of the division of Europe; it embodies the entire controversial European history with all its ups and downs in the 20th century. This is our common history. And the will of the people for freedom, which was stronger than any walls and barbed wire".
Geza Andreas von Gaire
The Ambassador of Germany in Russia
Botschafter Frankreichs Pierre Levy, Botschafter der Tschechoslowakischen Republik, Botschafter Österreichs Johannes Aigner, stellvertretender Leiter der Abteilung für Außenwirtschaft und Internationale Beziehungen der Stadt Moskau, Jewgeni Borissowitsch Drisde, die Schöpferin des Kunstobjekts, Tatjana Ludanik, der deutsche
"The meaning of the installation created by the Russian artist is a belief in a common peaceful future of peoples and a call to create a space of good-neighborliness and cooperation by common efforts. This inspires optimism and hope that people in Europe and the world will finally refuse to build the walls of misunderstanding and aggression that separate them".
to Geza Andreas von Gaire
about 'The Berlin Wall Crack'
Mass Media about the project:
‘CZECH TELEVISION’ (episode1). Interview
‘TV CULTURE’ (episode 1)
Artist of the installation: