Since 1975, Karl Horst Hödicke has looked out from the window of his studio in Dessauer Straße at the no man's land of Potsdamer Platz, his "Gobi", with the Wall – and without. He saw monsters sitting on the Wall, leering watchfully and malevolently. The people of Berlin walked their dogs, children and tearaways scribbled on the "anti-fascist protection barrier". In the distance, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column (Goldelse), Wilhelmstraße, the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Teufelsberg. During the Cold War, the area was pulverised and emptied. The painter made his notes. And so, without intending to, he became a chronicler of the most crucial events in recent German history.
His thoughts on these images are published for the first time in this catalogue.