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The Gilder Hildebrandt Art Collection is proud to announce the opening of the Freedom Pavilion Gallery.

A chronological look into the buildup to the creation of the Berlin Wall, history’s role in sustaining its existence and finally, the fall of the wall.

Come join us and take a trip through world history and lose yourself in the tears of liberty.

For many people, the fall of the Wall on 9 November 1989 was the best day of their lives – the day they regained their freedom through a Peaceful Revolution.

November 9, 2021

Crowds swelled at the barrier that divided East and West Berlin as the wall that stood as a symbol of the Cold War came down. Just before midnight, border guards began to allow people to pour from one side of the wall to the other, and East and West Berliners joyously reunited with their friends and relatives.

The History The Berlin Wall

When you talk about Berlin Wall, everyone has heard of and/or knows something about it.

The story of the lost wall and lost Berlin Wall Art Collection is know to few. The story starts after the Berlin Wall came down. Here I will tell the story leading up to the wall being built, the wall coming down, and the known facts involving the lost wall that is now being displayed for the first time ever.

I promise that you will learn something from this story, whatever your age or world history knowledge. This story, of course, will involve politics, and geography, and history. There will be Hero’s and Villains. The hero today may be the villain tomorrow. Still, I promise you to keep it from getting too deep that you feel stuck in the mud, or too superficial that you crave for more, or too intellectual that it goes over your head nor too linguistic that you stuck in a dictionary. Most of all, it involves real people, real sacrifice, real suffering, real death, and real hope and perseverance. Finally I will keep it short because attention spans seem to be dwindling. Now I’m going to tell you a story that you never heard before and may find incredulous, I expect you will find so interesting that you will put it on your bucket list to come to see one day while you can.


All stories have a beginning. This one begins August 13, 1961, almost 60 years ago today. I started this essay in real-time, December 19, 2020. On August 13th, 1961, World War Two was just 25 years ended, dozens of countries worldwide were either newly born or recently ended, President Kennedy was alive and well, championing democracy in the United States as our youngest elected President. The geopolitical world was a mess. Some countries had every flavor of leadership from capitalism (a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit), socialism (the community as a whole own means of production, distribution, and exchange of goods,      Read More

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The wall itself started as an overnight barbed wire creation in August of 1961. It resulted from the constant disputes of the “East” and “West” over the status of Allied occupied Berlin and Germany. It came to symbolize the Cold War and was the most “concrete” expression of the Iron Curtain that existed throughout the period. It evolved into the sophisticated security system of concrete walls, electric fences, guard towers, and no-man’s land.

On one side the free expression of the open society of West Berlin, while on the other was the blank walls of the repressed society that was East Berlin.

Now the East Berlin Wall and it’s story is featured at the Freedom Pavilion and in the art that has been created by very special artists.

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