In the 19th and early 20th centuries, a type of mammoth work was relatively common. The so-called "panoramas" or "cycloramas", where large paintings were made, which often exceeded 100 meters in length and 10 meters in height. To later place these canvases in a circular way, and even create a purpose-built building to shelter them and attract visitors.
Berlin Wall Panorama
We have already given you some examples before, for example, with the Raclawice Panorama or the Mesdag Panorama. In fact, these types of paintings represented either battles or landscapes, as well as biblical scenes. And there are several examples such as the panorama that recreates the famous battle of Waterloo, or that portrays the Gardens of Versailles that guards the Metropolitan of New York, or the different ones scattered around Europe and inspired by the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Well, today we want to talk about another panorama but much more modern. Made in this 21st century, with the techniques of the time, but that somehow reflects that spirit in which art is used as a show. We are referring to thePanorama of the Berlin Wallmade by the artistYadegar Asisiand his team
In it he gives us a vision of the German capital in the 80s, when the Berlin Wall was still separating it between East and West, and there was a strip, called the “Death Line” thatno one could cross without risking their lives.
Berlin Wall Panorama
The montage shows the daily life of those years, and the visitors are enveloped by the panorama. Everything is seen from a tower several meters high and the canvas is arranged as a circumference. It is not as big as the historical panoramas, but it really is spectacular, with a construction and a system of visits conceived for the occasion. In addition to the fact that each viewing becomes a show, since their own music has been composed to contemplate the mural.
The truth is that Asisa has already done several similar works. Some of them in Germany, but also in France set in historic buildings such as the Rouen Cathedral. Or in places of great natural we alth such as the Great Barrier Reef or even the Antarctica. And to make these works he has a multidisciplinary artistic and technical team, but the truth is that at the base of all this is his art and his way of painting, which as he himself says is indebted to the perspective studies of theRenaissance painters such as Andrea Mantegna or Leonardo da Vinci.