Exhibition – Hartmut Jahn presents “The New Owners of the Berlin Wall”

02.11.2009 - Press release

Where are the segments of the Berlin Wall today? Berlin-based photographer and film-maker Hartmut Jahn has tracked down pieces of the Wall that are scattered all over the world. They are to be found on Ronald Reagan’s ranch, at the Vatican, in a Japanese Zen garden and even on Ibiza.

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Federal Foreign Office is hosting the first public exhibition of a collection of photographs depicting segments of the Wall. As the large-format panoramic photographs are presented alongside interviews with the new owners of the pieces, they tell the story of a monument which has become synonymous with freedom, however many different understandings of freedom there may be.

The exhibition “The New Owners of the Berlin Wall” – panoramic photographs by Hartmut Jahn – has been organized by the Federal Foreign Office. The project was made possible with funding from the Foundation for the Study of the SED Dictatorship, the DEFA Foundation (responsible for preserving the films and studios of former East Germany), Jahn’s own production company PANTAFILM Berlin, and the Institute for Media Design at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.

Invitation to the Opening

You are invited to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, 6 November 2009 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office, Werderscher Markt 1.

With live music – Beat and Blow/The Sound of Brass and the Wall artists Thierry Noir and Kiddy Citny.

Exhibition Opening times

The exhibition in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office is open to the public from 7 November to 3 December 2009, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Admission is free.

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