№ 368/2009 from Dec 28, 2009
The year 2009 was marked by the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Through January 8, 2010, visitors still have an opportunity to view the photo exhibiton "Berlin, 1989. The Great Turning Point" in the foyer of the University Library at Freie Universität Berlin. On display are photographs taken by the photographer, Ursula Eckertz-Popp, who caught her experiences of the Berlin Wall on camera before and during the period the wall was coming down. The exhibition is open to the public and free of charge.
The exhibition focuses on three themes – looking back on the divided city of Berlin, the opening of the Berlin Wall, and the Wall as an open air gallery. Even before 1989, the western side of the Wall was used as a public canvas. As the Wall was being torn down, artists turned a portion of it in the Friedrichshain district into the East Side Gallery.
Besides the photographs, the exhibition presents selected book titles from the holdings of the University Library on the topic "Berlin Wall" as a site and structure. The display also includes many works of fiction in which the consequences of the Wall and the reunification of Germany were given literary form.