5 November - 1 December 2019

IWM London

Free event

For years, the Berlin Wall represented a divided world. Two leading street artists unite to create one artwork to mark the 30th anniversary of its fall.

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, renowned street artists Thierry Noir and STIK have created a new artwork, on display for the first time at IWM London.

Thierry Noir Portrait and STIK, Big Mother artwork
STIK painting Big Mother, West London 2016 (left), Thierry Noir at the Berlin Wall, West Berlin 1986 (right)

Street art began appearing on the Berlin Wall in the early 1980s as a form of artistic resistance and political commentary.

French artist Thierry Noir was a trailblazer of this movement, and the first artist to paint long stretches of the Berlin Wall.

STIK continues the tradition of street art as a tool of social change. His trademark stick figures voice the struggles facing communities around the world.

East and West Germans celebrating the lifting of travel restrictions on East Germans in November 1989
© IWM (HU 73009) East and West Germans celebrating the lifting of travel restrictions on East Germans in November 1989

The fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989 signalled the end of the Cold War.

It triggered the reunification of Germany and the subsequent dissolution of the USSR. Europe was reshaped, and both its physical borders, and its political and social identity continue to evolve today.

30 years on since the fall of the Berlin Wall, walls and physical barriers between people have multiplied, as the world faces a new set of twenty-first century tensions.

Thierry Noir and STIK painting Berlin Wall artwork
©IWM

WALL is painted on two original pieces of the Berlin Wall, brought to London specifically to mark the 30th anniversary of its fall.

This new artwork by STIK and Thierry Noir stands outside IWM London’s main entrance, and will be on display throughout November 2019.

Do you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989? Share your own memories with us on Twitter using #VoicesOfTheWall

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