Artist's Berlin Wall Rebuild Rejected By Authorities
Berlin authorities have rejected a proposal to rebuild the Berlin Wall as part of an art exhibition.
The proposed rebuild was part of an exhibition called DAU, an immersive art project by controversial Russian filmmaker Ilya Khrzhanovsky.
The event was intended to begin on October 12 and end on November 9, with a ceremonial pulling down of the wall on the same date the real wall came down in 1989.
Event organisers, Berliner Festspiele released only minor details of the event in August, which included visitors needing to acquire a 'visa' through an online application system to view the fake Wall -- to recreate the "loss of freedom in a totalitarian system".
It gained minor support from some politicians and other artists, however an open letter was published in Berlin newspaper Tagespiegel civil rights activists from the former German Democratic Republic, historians and religious groups slamming the proposal.
“People in a city who have suffered two dictatorships in a few decades need no instruction on what a dictatorship means,” they said.
On Friday, Regine Günther, the Berlin Senator for Transport and District Councillor Sabine Weissler officially announced the proposal had been rejected.
Weissler cited safety concerns as the reason the exhibition would not be permitted, because the application had been made without enough notice.
"It has not been possible for the organisation to guarantee that the event would be carried out safely," she said.
Khrzhanovsky first made headlines for the DAU project more than decade ago, when he recreated a Stalinist-era society in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
This was the setting for a film based on retelling the story of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Lev Landau.
For two years, participants lived in the 12,000-square-metre fake city, with some living in character 24 hours a day.
More than 700 hours of footage was reportedly captured, and 13 feature films made. The Berlin Wall exhibition was intended as being the premiere of the works for audiences.
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