[Photo Journal] Making Sense Of War Through Art in Checkpoint Charlie Museum

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Myra here.

Every Tuesday, we share photographs from our recent or long-ago travels, or just everyday stuff that appealed to our mindful eye and sharp sensibilities as captured through fleeting images.

Art at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Last week, I shared a few photographs taken from Checkpoint Charlie. This time, I am sharing some of the works of art that spoke to me as my family and I explored a few of the mini-museums scattered around the site. I was especially taken how beauty can be rummaged from war – pain transformed into something deeply moving through art.

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

“You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”
― Pablo Picasso

“Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.”
― Clive Barker, Days of Magic, Nights of War

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“I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn’t impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls.”
― Anaïs Nin

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola

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The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
― Pablo Picasso

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“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas

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