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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Thierry Noir, Art Lesson
We have taught this lesson before. Check out this link for details on another post.
Noir, the man to who we owe the longest concrete painting in the world. His
paintings, with their bright colors and their melancholy poetry, represent nowadays
the art of the Berlin wall. His wall works survived longer than all the others
did after the fall of the wall in 1989.
Noir was born in 1958 in Lyon, France. He came to Berlin in January of 1982
with two small suitcases, attracted by the music of David Bowie and Iggy Pop,
who lived in West Berlin at this time. From April 1984, Thierry Noir started
to paint the Berlin wall.
perfection of this frontier was at the same time, through the graffiti on the
concrete wall, a reflection of its absurdity. In fact at the beginning of the
Berlin wall and until the end of the seventies, the bad quality of the stone
blocks and after, the first concrete pieces prevented automatically the artists,
from doing any paintings. The few graffiti were big words written in white,
not so easy to read on the stones.
the beginning of the eighties, on the wall of the fourth generation, the people
wrote their names, then words or phrases, mostly political slogans, and then
came the paintings. At historical places such as Potsdamerplatz, Checkpoint
Charlie, Brandenburger Tor, and in Kreuzberg, those graffitis changed the Berlin
wall into a tourist attraction.
wall was built, 5 meters beyond the official border, so the east-German soldiers
were allowed to arrest any person standing near the wall.
paint the wall was absolutely forbidden, so the painters had to be quick, always
painting with one eye, the other watching for soldiers.
how he realized that he had started something special, and to stop would bring
one more question: "Why did you stop painting the Berlin wall?" The
most frequent question was: "Why did they want to make the wall beautiful?
Why did they want to ornament the Berlin wall?"
answered every time: "I am not trying to make the wall beautiful because
in fact it's absolutely impossible. 123 persons have being killed trying to
jump over the Berlin wall, to escape to west-Berlin, so you can cover that wall
with hundreds of kilos of colors, it will stay the same: One bloody monster,
one old crocodile who from time to time wakes, eats somebody up, and falls again
back to sleep until the next time". The paintings on the Berlin wall always
had an exceptional touch.
was always one extra emotion in the air which transformed every wall painting
into a strong political act. As the years went by, the paintings took on phenomenal
proportions, which were rapidly recognized by the international arts community.
The object was not to embellish the wall but to demystify it.
paintings of Thierry Noir became a symbol of new found freedom after the reunification
of Germany and the end of the cold war.
(See link above)
Everyone can be successful with this lesson.