Today’s Berlin is a colorful, progressive city. At the end of World War II in 1945, the bombing of Berlin had reduced much of the city to rubble; occupied and divided, it was forced to literally start from the bottom. The physical fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 broke down barriers to creativity and self-expression. The art rebellion that followed is the product of a youth culture considered “urban or low-income”; Berlin is notoriously poor compared to other German cities.
Walking through the streets of Berlin, aware of the years of struggle, I was struck by the need of this generation to fill the city with art, with beauty. You see graffiti on every corner, there is no getting away from it. Where the art is placed gives the city a sense of personal rebellious freedom. The variety of art is also remarkable, from strong, thought provoking political and self-expressionist art to historical art galleries. Art is the city of Berlin, and unlimited is the amount.