Whether it’s a quote from Hannah Arendt, a lyric from a Beatles tune, a line from the film Amélie, or a statement by the Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész, in Europe-wide local competitions, people in several European countries were asked for their favourite quote from European high and pop culture. The quotes submitted reflect the linguistic and intellectual diversity of Europe and have been engraved in the original language and in translation on 6,000 wooden blocks. These blocks make up the interactive art installation called the Disappearing Wall.
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It is not only Europe’s diverse ideas that can be seen and experienced in this art installation, but also the possibility of symbolically overcoming borders. Once the installation is unveiled, passers-by are invited to take their favourite quote home with them as a souvenir. Only the transparent frame in which the blocks were once housed will remain – the wall will have disappeared; its thoughts will be set free.
30 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Disappearing Wall calls attention to walls - physical and symbolic- that may still divide societies today. Since September 2020, these installations have been set up in central, public locations in countries such as Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Poland, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Cyprus. In June 2021, the Disappearing Wall will return to Belgium and be displayed in the Citizens’ Garden of the European Parliament.
After the opening of the Disappearing Wall on 24 June, visitors will have the opportunity to read the quotations and take a quotation block with them throughout the summer, while observing the hygiene rules in force. The installation will thereby empty gradually until the wall disappears - and the messages are carried on. The installation will remain freely accessible throughout the summer in the Citizens’ Garden until the "wall" has disappeared and all the quotation blocks have been removed.
The "Disappearing Wall" in the Citizens’ Garden of the European Parliament is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut, co-organised with the European Parliament and supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Rue Vautier / Vautierstraat 62B-1050 BrusselsBelgium
How to get there
Brussels-Luxembourg serves the European Parliament
Lines 22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80 and 95 all stop at the European Parliament. Lines 12 and 21 also connect to Brussels Airport. The Zweig entrance in Rue D'Ardenne allows for pick-up and drop-off by bus and for visitors to get their bearings before starting the visit.
The nearest stops are Maelbeek and Schuman on lines 1 and 5, and Trone on lines 2 and 6.
Visitors to the European Parliament in Brussels can now leave their car in the car park, by sending the booking request at least one working day in advance of a visit.