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The Rainer 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.

Rainer Hildebrand Collection Exhibition at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota, FL

The Berlin wall art LLC opened an exhibit of seven pieces of the Rainer Hildebrand Collection at the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota at 1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL.

There were roughly 215 people in attendance as the exhibit open six separate displays by artist from around the globe. Rainer Hildebrand Collection took a front seat as the lead exhibit as you enter the hotel lobby.


It was a raving success. In a special cooperative art project, the Ringling Brothers school of art and Berlin wall art held a competition for a college level artist to be chosen to represent both her college and the Berlin wall. Her name is Franziska Fleissner. She is a American citizen who was born abroad in Austria and came to college in Sarasota to the school of arts. Her rendering was chosen out of four competitors. The work that she submitted has been transferred onto a 5 foot section of the Berlin wall. Illustration is included.


She is shown here with Dr. Thompson who is the dean of Ringling brothers college and Jim Thomas, the Director of Berlin wall art. Also shown in the picture is Alexandra Thomas, wife of Jim Thomas. And Francine Birbragher who is the art exhibit coordinator for Art Ovation-hotel.


This display will be an exhibit from now through September. The link for art ovations hotel is included below. Here are some photos from the opening evening.


Winning Artist

Franziska Rosa Fleissner

Franziska Rosa Fleissner was raised in Munich, Germany and Bressanone, Italy. Having grown up in both places, Franziska learned to speak German, Italian and English at a young age. Through these multi-cultural experiences, her fascination for international living and diverse cultures developed. Franziska moved to the United States in 2018 to pursue her passion for the arts at Ringling College of Art and Design. Franziska currently resides in Sarasota, FL and Munich, Germany.

Franziska’s deep passion for art started evolving while studying at the exclusive Gordonstoun School in Elgin, Scotland. It was at the Gordonstoun School that Franziska first experienced overpowering loss when her paternal grandparents passed while being many miles away. This life changing event ignited a deep sense of loss and a profound desire to connect with family and home. It was through the craft of artmaking that Franziska learned to overcome the heartfelt despair. Upon graduation from Gordonstoun School, Franziska realized that she aspired to pursue artistic endeavors and to share her work with an international audience.

Throughout the academic years at Ringling College of Art and Design, Franziska identified that through her international experiences, there was always a deep yearning within to reconnect with her childhood and culture. Franziska’s evolving series of artwork takes inspiration from both the landscapes and scenery of the cities she grew up in and the internal, personal spaces of the mind. Franziska is best known for her visually captivating use of vibrant colors and fantasy-like panoramas.

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. Each art piece is for sale.  Contact our Gallery Director – Jim Thomas for more information at for more information.

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