Museums present their knowledge to a wider public. But what is the basis of this knowledge? Normally, visitors are not aware of the questions, issues, discussions and disputes behind an exhibition concept or even a simple wall text. In this case, artworks from the Wende collection are interpreted in different, often contradictory ways.
The exhibition Facing the Wall: Living With the Berlin Wall reflects upon larger issues of the human impact of the Cold War and the activities, behaviors and opinions of those living in those tumultuous times. It traces the personal stories of four individuals: a West Berlin wall painter, Thierry Noir, an East German border guard Peter Bochmann, a day visitor from the West Alwin Nachtweh, and a former East German Stasi officer Hagen Koch. Exploring the complex, interconnected and often contradictory nature of history seen through the lenses of these four individuals living at the Wall, this exhibition recreates the place where the realities of political ideology and personal experience came face to face.