East German Architecture – Historic Photo Collages of Buildings and Squares in East Berlin

Preserved in the archives of the Berlinische Galerie, these stunning historic collages have now been brought out of hiding thanks to the efforts of the “Kunst auf Lager” (“Art in Stor(ag)e”) alliance, which funded extensive restoration work to make them fit for public exhibition.

Read on to find out more about the origins and contents of these unique pieces, which are accessible to the general public for the first time in almost 40 years.
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GDR vehicles – On two and four wheels through the GDR

Car enthusiasts and techies love motorised vehicles from bygone eras, including the former socialist East Germany – and so they should! After all, the GDR produced a few coveted collectors’ items. The Trabant is probably the one brand from this period that everybody remembers. But it was by no means the only one to grace East German highways and byways. Other models, such as EMW and Wartburg, have long since disappeared from view and memory. High time, we think, to celebrate them in a blog post.

Image courtesy of PeterDargatz / pixabay.com

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Exciting Times Ahead for the Berliner Ensemble Theatre Company

Located in Berlin’s government district, less than 2.5 miles from Strausberger Platz, the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm has been the home of the famous Berliner Ensemble theatre company – established by none other than Bertolt Brecht, one of Germany’s best-known 20th century poets and playwrights – since 1954. After spending the years of Hitler’s regime in exile, Brecht and his wife, the actor Helene Weigel, left Hollywood in 1947 and eventually returned to (East) Berlin at the behest of the Soviet-sponsored Cultural Association for the Democratic Renewal of Germany, which invited him to set up his own theatre company. The Berliner Ensemble, or BE for short, quickly made a name for itself with guest performances all across Europe. Today, the BE remains true to Brecht’s principles of ‘Epic Theatre’ and retains its international reputation for excellence.

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