Episode 77: The Fraternal Kiss

fraternal kiss roberta caldas


Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin


  • Painted by Dmitri Vrubel
  • Also known as My God, Help me to Survive this Deadly Love

There is a big chance that you have figured this out by yourself, but just in case: the murals you see at the East Side Gallery are not the original ones. They were repainted 2 to 3 times already. First time was in 2000, when some of the original artists of the Gallery got together and repainted 33 murals. In 2009, 85 from the original artists were commissioned by the government to repaint the Wall. Most of them redid their original designs, but some decided to do something different. This time, authorities decided to hire professional restorers and they are redoing the whole thing. Maybe you also noticed that since spring 2016 there is a fence protecting the restored murals. Ironic, right?

Well, the future of the East Side Gallery is still unknown, but what is known is that the painting originally done in 1990 by Dmitri Vrubel was already restored and is behind bars. Vrubel based his painting on a picture taken by Régis Bossu in 1979 of Brezhnev and Honecker. In 2009, when the government invited the original artists to redo their paintings, Vrubel accepted the invitation and donated his fee to a local project.

To know more about the event depicted on the Fraternal Kiss, listen to the talk below:

Photo and episode: Roberta Caldas

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