East Side Gallery is an outdoor art gallery situated in a 1,113-meter section on the east side of the old Berlin Wall which was preserved from the demolition. It is located near the center of Berlin, on the Mühlenstraße street in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, along the banks of the River Spree. It is considered the longest outdoor outdoor art gallery in the world.
The gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, started in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall. The East Side Gallery was founded after the successful merger of two German associations of artists: VBK and BBK. The founding members were Bodo Sperling, Barbara Greul Aschanta, Jörg Kubitzki and David Monti.
It is possibly the largest and most enduring outdoor gallery in the world and brings together paintings by Jürgen Grosse “INDIANO”, Dimitri Vrubel, Siegfrid Santoni, Bodo Sperling, Kasra Alavi, Kani Alavi, Jim Avignon, Thierry Noir, Ingeborg Blumenthal, Ignasi Blanch i Gisbert, Kim Prisu, Hervé Morlay VR and others.
The paintings of the East Side Gallery document a time of change and express the euphoria and hope for a better and free future for all the people of the world.
In July 2006, to facilitate access to the Spree from O2 World, a 40-meter section was moved slightly to the west, parallel to the original position.
In March 2013 it was scheduled that a 23-meter section would be removed to make way for luxury apartments. None of the artwork will be destroyed.