The partnership between Berlin and Moscow is something extremely special. It was established at a time when both cities were experiencing epoch-making turmoil and upheaval, though also a certain curiosity that led either one to cast a gaze on its neighbours across the boarder, where their worlds had stopped for decades. Fruitful relationships emerged remarkably quickly, not only because of links between each government and ministries, but because of connections made by institutions and groups, scientists and business people, artists and those involed in museums, private initiatives and lobby groups. The 20th anniversary offered the opportunity for both cities to work well together in organising celebrations in each city. The first part took place in Moscow in May and the second, the 'Moscow Days in Berlin' took place in November 2011.
The spectrum of events and meetings was equally diverse - with a particular focus on film and photography. The winners of the all-Russian music competition "Silver Trumpets" played with the Chamber Orhcestra from the Julius-Stern-Instituts of the University of Arts Berlin and turned the city partnership between Moscow and Berlin into a muscial event. The anniversary of the partnership focussed on film and photogaphy, which was explored in three very different exhibitions: "The history of Moscow in pictures" by the Humboldt Box on Unter den Linden, the exhibition "Silver Camera 2001 - 2011" - the award-winning work of the renowned Moscow Photo-Documentation Competition, and a photography exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau contained the masterworks of Russian Pictoralism.