Art in the public domain

You don’t have to visit a museum to discover art – it can be found at all kinds of places. We present a small tour of Germany with ten stops.

The best-known artwork from the time of Germany’s division: the Fraternal Kiss.
The best-known artwork from the time of Germany’s division: the Fraternal Kiss. dpa
  1. Berlin: The “Fraternal Kiss” between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker by the Russian artist Dmitri Vrubel is the best-known Berlin Wall image to be found on the East Side Gallery, the largest remaining chunk of the Berlin Wall.
  2. Berlin: The steel sculpture entitled “Berlin” by the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida in front of the Federal Chancellery is one of the best-known artworks in the city. The sculpture represents rapprochement and defence.
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  3. Hannover: The “Trois Nanas - Caroline, Charlotte, Sophie” by the French artist Niki de Saint Phalle on the banks of the Leine river are the city’s most popular photographic motifs. With her colourful and joyful sculptures of women she anticipated the emerging women’s movement of the 1970s.
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  4. Münster: The “Giant Pool Balls” by the American pop artist Claes Oldenburg are to be found at Aasee lake. Since 1977, the city has staged “Sculpture Projects”, an international art exhibition, every ten years.
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  5. Essen: The 15 metre-high “Slab for the Ruhr” by the US artist Richard Serra atop the Schurenbachhalde slag heap towers over this former industrial region
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  6. Oberhausen: Designed by Tobias Rehberger from Germany, the “Slinky Springs to Fame” pedestrian bridge over the Rhine-Herne Canal links the Kaisergarten with the sports park opposite.
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  7. Bonn: The bronze sculpture “Large Two Forms” by the English sculptor Henry Moore stands in front of the former Federal Chancellery, creating a stark contrast to the rigid design of the facade.
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  8. Tholey: Gerhard Richter’s three stained-glass windows at Tholey Abbey in the Saarland region depict abstract motifs. Richter himself described them as his last major work.
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  9. Frankfurt am Main: The 21 metre-high “Hammering Man” by the US artist Jonathan Borofsky stands at the entrance to the city next to the Messeturm (Trade Fair Tower). The artwork is seen as a symbol for work and for solidarity with all people who work.
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  10. Frankfurt am Main: The Ich-Denkmal – the “monument to me” – by German satirist Hans Traxler is to be found in the city’s Oberrad district, where anybody can celebrate themselves as an artist.
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