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Berlin Art at Site www.berlinkunst.info Brigitte, Martin	Matschinsky-Denninghoff	Berlin
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Brigitte, Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff
Berlin
1985
Tauentzienstraße
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Shape
The artwork consists of two large curved shapes which almost touch each others ends. The artwork is so large that it dominates the boulevard.

Material
After a close watch, the forms turn out to be a shiny perfectly round shape with a fine structure of lines.

Location
The sculpture stands on a green line in a centale boulevard in the center of city. Inhabitants of Berlin are walking underneath, sitting along side on a bench and let there children play. The statue is part of the social life in the city.

Impact
The forms have some reference to persons. It seems to me that the persons are about to embrace. The ends of the round shapes seem to 'look at each other.' This wakes up emotions in me of desire and tenderness. The artwork can also refer to two links which are open, but wherein the compound is not broken. This recalls rather the feeling of tension.

Meaning
The statue refers to the unification of East- and West-Berlin on a gentle way. This is a powerful artwork with multiple and important meanings referring to a crucial historical moment. It will remain meaningful because of the multiple possible ways to interpret the artwork.

Compared with other works
As the title Kiss by Jeroen Henneman (Amsterdam, picture 1, more information) suggests two people meet each other in a loving way. Because the forms are specific, this can only refer to this kind of specific happenings. That’s way the artwork don’t have to power to give meaning to other kind of experiences.

Grosser Würfel is another work by Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff (Berlin, picture 2, more information) which shows how strong the visual language is of the couple. Here, the round shape is combined with a cube. This minimalist element is in conjunction with embracing forms. This artwork evokes in me the feeling of cherishing something precious.

The artwork Joie de Vivre by Mark di Suvero (New York, picture 3, more information) makes use of practical components (structural steel), it expresses a sense of joy or even victory in a convincing way.

Although this artwork by Dennis Oppenheimer is entitled Engagement (Hong Kong, picture 4, more information), I think this artwork rather indicates of two people with a similar nature that are next to each other instead of connected with each other.
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www.wikipedia.org:
Berlin is the name of a sculpture on theTauentzienstraße in western Berlin, the capital ofGermany. First conceived in 1985 and unveiled by the husband-and-wife sculpting team of Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff and Martin Matschinskyin 1987, the sculpture's principal motif, a "broken chain", was meant to symbolize the severed connections between West and East Berlin due to the construction of the Berlin Wall. Even though the Wall has since been dismantled, the sculpture was bought by the city from Mrs. Matschinsky-Denninghoff to commemorate the unfortunate chapter in German history. Berlin was one of eight sculptures designed during "Skulpturenboulevard Kurfürstendamm" (Boulevard of Sculptures: Kurfürstendamm), an event commissioned by the city of West Berlin to celebrate Berlin's 750th anniversary in 1987. Of the eight sculptures unveiled, three were allowed to remain past the anniversary year (Berlin, Pyramide, and Cadillacs in Form der nackten Maja);[3] the city and Deutsche Bank acquired Berlin after its original lease had expired. For the event, the sculptors were allowed free rein to decide where on or around the Kurfürstendamm to erect their work. The Matschinsky-Denninghoffs chose the Tauentzienstraße in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, which was heavily damaged during the Bombing of Berlin in World War II, as the place to build and unveil their sculpture. The sculpture consists of four steel tubes, each about 2 meters in diameter, reinforced with a concrete base, shooting upwards toward the sky. For about a half-meter, one of the two ends on each side tilt, then change direction completely, looping but not touching, symbolizing the closeness and isolation between the two sides of Berlin. In addition, the surface of the tubes are covered by chrome nickel steel, to give a sort of "glimmer effect" which can darken or shine depending on the time of day. Describing the meaning and impact intended by the Berlin sculpture, Brigitte Matschinsky-Denninghoff said, "The sculpture is accessible from all sides and thus perceivable to viewers. [What is] emphasized is the direction West-East and East-West. Our sculpture is specifically designed as a big, 'organically grown' gate, forming a double arch which is not just necessary and practical, [but an] invigorating emphasis...we are trying to communicate something of Berlin's situation in a symbolic way."