- Starts: 15/04/2019 9:30 am
- Ends: 05/01/2020 6:00 pm
The temporary exhibition ‘Art Liberty. From the Berlin Wall to Street Art’ is organised as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The project takes place from mid April 2019 until January 2020 in the City of Bastogne and around the Mardasson Memorial, which is located at a stone’s throw of the Bastogne War Museum.
Art Liberty pays tribute to the pioneering artists who have seized the Berlin Wall, a symbol of oppression, as a support for creative freedom. Street Art artists have done a work on an original fragment of the Wall. A red thread connects the Ardennes and Berlin: the fight for freedom!
Content of the exhibition:
• 30 works on sections of the Berlin Wall from Berlin’s no man’s land.
• 30 films related to the creation of each work in the Art Liberty collection with artists’ interviews.
• A large fragment of the Wall from the west side, where street artists Jef Aérosol and Jimmy C. painted the portraits of the three pop stars associated to Berlin, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed.
• 3 Trabants painted by three of the Wall’s historical artists, Thierry Noir, Christophe-Emmanuel Bouchet and Kiddy Citny.
• The film Ephemeral made from the archives of the Berlin photographer Heinz J. Kuzdas.
• A large fresco by the Brazilian artist L7M.
Each work will be adorned with a poetic post-it created by the French poet Jean-Pierre Lemesle.
For more information, please contact the Bastogne War Museum:
+32 (0)61/210 220
The Bastogne War Museum represents a new way to remember the Second World War in Belgium. It offers a fresh perception in a modern and interactive framework of the causes, events and consequences of the Second World War, with a special focus on the Ardennes counteroffensive: the Battle of the Bulge.
2019 will be marked by the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. On the 13, 14, and 15th of December, the Bastogne War Museum will take part in the NUTS Weekend, just like the rest of the city of Bastogne. A series of events will be organised during these three days.
The Bastogne Barracks Museum was opened in 2010. It is located in the barracks that accomodated the Allied Headquarters during the Ardennes Offensive in 1944. Restored parts of the barracks exhibit a collection of materials used in the fighting. The so called Nuts-basement shows the office where General McAuliffe spoke the famous word ‘Nuts’,that had a major influence on the outcome of the Offensive.
The temporary exhibition ‘Art Liberty. From the Berlin Wall to Street Art’ is organised as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge and the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall.
On the 57 acres of Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial the remains of 7.992 American soldiers are interred. Most of these men lost their lives during the advance of the U.S. forces into Germany. The U.S. 1st Infantry Division liberated this site on 11 September 1944. A battlefield cemetery was established on 28 September 1944.
War is not only about battles, battlefields, winners or losers. It is also about mourning, souvenirs, reconstruction and commemoration. In the hamlet of Recogne, near Bastogne in Belgium, a German cemetery gathers the remains of more than 6,800 German soldiers from 17 to 52 years old, who died during the Second World War.
The Baugnez 44 Historical Center in Malmedy traces the course of the Battle of the Bulge with a focus on the massacre of Baugnez/Malmedy on 17 December 1944. The museum was founded to commemorate the 84 Americans who were killed in the massacre. The collection presents small stories and reconstructed scenes, authentic material, vehicles, pictures and movies.