|The First Art Newspaper on the Net
||Established in 1996
|| Sunday, March 18, 2018
|Berlin Wall crosses stolen by pro-refugee activists to protest EU border deaths|
A handout photo released on November 3, 2014 by German artistic group Center for political beauty (Zentrum für politische Schönheit) shows a sample of the so-called White Crosses (Weisse Kreuze) memorial for the Berlin Wall victims hanging at the fence on the Bulgarian border with Turkey near the village of Slivarovo, Bulgaria, as part of an action to protest against the European border, they called European Wall, and the migration policy, as Germany prepares to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall, on November 9. AFP PHOTO / WWW.POLITICAL-BEAUTY.COM.
BERLIN (AFP).- Pro-refugee activists in Germany have stolen seven memorial crosses for people killed at the Berlin Wall and moved them to spots on the EU's borders, they and police said Monday.
The action was meant to protest the "murderous exterior walls" of the EU which had claimed many thousands of lives, said a spokesman for the activist art collective "Centre for Political Beauty".
The white, cross-shaped signs bore the names and death dates of people killed while trying to flee communist East Germany, a regime which collapsed after the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago next Sunday.
The seven signs were unscrewed from their frames set in a metal fence on the south bank of Berlin's Spree River near the site of the Reichstag building housing the lower house of parliament.
"We have moved the crosses to safety," said the group's Philipp Ruch, adding that some had been taken to EU borders in Bulgaria and others to the Spanish exclave of Melilla in North Africa.
Ruch also said the group and supporters would on Friday travel by bus to a secret place along the EU frontier with a plan "to dismantle the borders with bolt cutters".
On their website the group said the action would coincide with weekend celebrations marking the collapse of the Iron Curtain in Berlin a quarter-century ago.
"While in Berlin balloons will rise into the air and nostalgic, sedative speeches will be held, German civil society will in an act of political beauty bring down the European external walls," the group said in an online statement, adding that "the European Curtain must fall".
Berlin police said they were investigating the disappearance of the cross-shaped memorial plaques as "a particularly severe case of theft" with "a political motivation".
Rights group Amnesty International says the EU spent two billion euros ($2.5 billion) between 2007 and 2013 to fortify its outside borders against illegal immigrants, compared to 700 million euros to help asylum seekers.
According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees more than 2,500 people have drowned or gone missing this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.
On Monday, at least 21 people drowned and a dozen were missing when an overloaded boat taking migrants towards EU waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, Turkish officials said.
© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse
November 4, 2014
Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Gallery of Art honor El Greco
Infamous "Work will set you free' sign stolen from Dachau concentration camp: Police
Leopold Museum Private Foundation defends itself against accusations of looted artworks
First exhibition in Spain on the dissemination of Impressionism in the United States opens in Madrid
Archaeologist Daniele Manacorda's proposal to restore Colosseum's area sparks Italy debate
Art Gallery of New South Wales goes pop with 200 works by more than 70 of pop's greatest artists
Berlin Wall crosses stolen by pro-refugee activists to protest EU border deaths
13 years after the 9/11 attacks, Manhattan's One World Trade Center opens for business
Previously unrecorded marine chronometer from Darwin's HMS Beagle voyage for sale at Bonhams
Ketterer Kunst to offer Gabriele Münter's 'Der blaue Berg' in its 60th Anniversary Auction
'Treasures of British Art 1400-2000: The Berger Collection' on view this fall at the Portland Museum of Art
Sotheby's Paris announces 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design Sale on 25 November
Chiparus bronze, Russian troika painting among top lots in Don Presley auction
17th century painting by Bosschaert should bring $30,000-$50,000 at auction
Snowy winter landscape scene by Walter Launt Palmer soars to $132,000
Exhibition of recent works by Nadim Karam and Safwan Dahoul on view at Ayyam Gallery
'At the Cradle of Art: Italian Drawings and Paintings from Giotto to Botticelli' opens in Dresden
Thomas Del Mar Ltd announces the sale of the armoury of the Princely House of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
'Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing' on view at the Freud Museum in London
National Galleries of Scotland to tour key Scottish works to the United States
The best art galleries in Las Vegas
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam acquires painting by Isa Genzken
High bids for snuff bottles and buddhist figures at Koller Auctions
Portraits of the "It" girl of her time and her mother to be offered at Bonhams
First U.S. museum group exhibition of contemporary Latin American design opens
Milwaukee Art Museum hires Demmer Curator of 20th and 21st Century Design
Rare collection of fine Colt revolvers up for auction at Bonhams
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- The Morgan explores the Medieval world's fascinating approach to the passage of time
2.- Experts discover hidden ancient Maya structures in Guatemala
3.- Egyptian archaeologists unveil tomb of Old Kingdom priestess Hetpet
4.- The Speed Art Museum and Italian Ministry reach loan agreement on ancient calyx-krater
5.- Major exhibition features artistic masterpieces from the glorious Church of the Gesù
6.- From Beowulf to Chaucer, the British Library makes 1,000 years of rich literary history freely available online
7.- Truck damages Peru's ancient Nazca lines
8.- Trish Duebber is new Coordinator of Youth Programs at Boca Raton Museum Art School
9.- Exhibition examines the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion
10.- The Dallas Museum of Art announces gift of three major European works
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.