Art Triumphs Over Politics

In an earlier post, I discussed the relationship between art and politics, and how they can be inextricably linked. Often the relationship is fuzzy, or roughly equal, I suppose (each in a mutually beneficial relationship; think Bono and others performing at the inauguration festivities). Perhaps the most profound case of where art triumphs over politics is the case of the Berlin Wall, where artists are retouching murals that they’d created in 1990, only months after guards had left their patrols. Not only was the gallery declared an historic monument by the city of Berlin, but it is also now one of the city’s leading tourist attractions.

We can only hope that democracy reigns, which in this case, would mean that art would too.

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