The fall of the wall.
German posters before and after 89

In 2019 it is 30 years since the fall of the Berlin wall and the wall between East and West Germany. The Danish Poster Museum in Den Gamle By is marking the occasion by showing posters that focus on the former East and West Germany and on the new, reunited Germany after 1989. As a catalyst, the posters reveal a story of rules and restrictions, but also of ideals and doctrines in East Germany from 1949 to 1989, contrasting them with the West German side, where life was very different.

The wall was the physical symbol of the Cold War, and correspondingly, the collapse of the Wall in 1989 symbolised the collapse of the Soviet Union and the communist Eastern Bloc. It was not simply a concrete wall. It was the symbol of coercion, oppression and fear. Consequently, the posters reveal mental walls, and how they were built up and reinforced in the east and west. The posters also show us how the collapse of the Wall in 1989 and the reunification of Germany in 1990 were not entirely problem free.

The Berlin Wall’s history and significance are profound and extensive. It is an interesting chapter of world history, and highly relevant in today’s world of globalisation – and strong reactions against it – where we build walls, set up fences and plan walls as never before.

"The fall of the wall"- exhibition poster

The Danish Poster Museum has produced a well-illustrated catalogue (in Danish and German) of the exhibition (75 DKK), and artist Søren Honoré has created the official exhibition poster (100 DKK). Catalogue and poster are for sale at the Museum Shop in Den Gamle By and at the Danish Poster Museum web-shop here.