Category: mural

Keith Haring painting a mural at St. Patrick&r…

Keith Haring painting a mural at St. Patrick’s Daycare Center in San Francisco (December 1985)

Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi

Keith Haring painting a mural on FDR Drive (91…

Keith Haring painting a mural on FDR Drive (91st) in New York City, 1984.

Keith Haring painting a mural on Houston Str…

Keith Haring painting a mural on Houston Street and Bowery in New York City, 1982.  

(Photos by Martha Cooper)

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin …

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin Wall nearby Checkpoint Charlie on October 23, 1986.

Keith Haring painting a mural at The Haggert…

Keith Haring painting a mural at The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, 1983.

Keith Haring in front of his mural on the Berl…

Keith Haring in front of his mural on the Berlin Wall, October 1986.

On August 31, 1961 construction started on the Berlin Wall, tearing apart the German capital. Until its demolition in 1989, the Wall was a symbol of Soviet oppression and a literal representation of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between East and West. During the rise of the graffiti art movement in the 1980s, the West Berlin side of the Wall became a Mecca for street artists. Keith Haring, the New York artist credited with bridging the gap between the street and the gallery, was invited by the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint on the Wall. Haring created a 350-foot mural, intended to symbolism the solidarity of the divided peoples of Berlin.

In Haring’s words: “I decided on a subject, which is a continuous interlocking chain of human figures, who are connected at their hands and their feet – the chain obviously representing the unity of people as against the idea of the wall. I paint this in the colors of the German flag – black, red and yellow.”

(Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi)

Keith Haring painting a mural in Barcelona on …

Keith Haring painting a mural in Barcelona on February 27, 1989.

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin …

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin Wall on October 23, 1986.

Photos by Vladimir Sichov

Keith Haring installing his mural in the Wal…

Keith Haring installing his mural in the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on March 15, 1984

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin …

Keith Haring painting a mural on the Berlin Wall nearby Checkpoint Charlie on October 23, 1986.

On August 31, 1961 construction started on the Berlin Wall, tearing apart the German capital. Until its demolition in 1989, the Wall was a symbol of Soviet oppression and a literal representation of the ‘Iron Curtain’ between East and West. During the rise of the graffiti art movement in the 1980s, the West Berlin side of the Wall became a Mecca for street artists. Keith Haring, the New York artist credited with bridging the gap between the street and the gallery, was invited by the Director of the Checkpoint Charlie Museum to paint on the Wall. Haring created a 350-foot mural, intended to symbolism the solidarity of the divided peoples of Berlin.

In Haring’s words: “I decided on a subject, which is a continuous interlocking chain of human figures, who are connected at their hands and their feet – the chain obviously representing the unity of people as against the idea of the wall. I paint this in the colors of the German flag – black, red and yellow.”