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United Buddy Bears
One World Buddy Bear

Buddy Bears are painted, life-size fiberglass bear sculptures developed by German businesspeople Klaus and Eva Herlitz, in cooperation with sculptor Roman Strobl. The raised arms of the standing Buddy Bears are intended to indicate friendliness and optimism. The first bears were displayed at an artistic event in Berlin in 2001.[1]

Buddy Bear Berlin Show

Two Buddy Bears at Kurfürstendamm 21, Berlin
United Buddy Bears -- Exhibition Paris 2012
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition
Rio de Janeiro,[2] Copacabana 2014
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Cairo 2007

The first activities were presented as the Buddy Bear Berlin Show. In 2001, artists painted approximately 350 bears to appear as decorative elements in the streets of Berlin.[3] Four different bear designs (one standing on all four paws, one standing on two legs, one standing on its head, and one in a sitting position) were placed in the city centre of Berlin.[4] Afterwards, many of the bears were sold at auctions in aid of child relief organisations. Nowadays, these Berlin Buddy Bears are exclusively presented on private premises, in front of hotels and embassies, as well as in the foyers of various office buildings. There have been exhibitions of the original Buddy Bears -- designed by local artists -- in the cities of Shanghai (2004), Buenos Aires (2005), and St. Gallen / Switzerland (2006).

United Buddy Bears

United Buddy Bears, Exhibition, Berlin 2006
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Vienna 2006
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Jerusalem 2007
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Buenos Aires 2009
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Astana (Kazakhstan) 2010
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Helsinki 2010, Senate Square
United Buddy Bears, Exhibition Sofia 2011, Square St Nedelya
Guatemals City 2019
Plaza de la Constitución

United Buddy Bears is an international art exhibition with more than 140 two metre tall fiberglass bears. Under the motto: "We have to get to know each other better, it makes us understand one another better, trust each other more, and live together more peacefully", more than 140 countries acknowledged by the United Nations are represented, promoting "tolerance, international understanding and the great concept of different nations and cultures living in peace and harmony". The bears stand "hand in hand" in a "peaceful circle" (The Art of Tolerance[5]). The bears were on display between June and November 2002, in a circle around the Brandenburg Gate. Around 1.5 million people visited this first exhibition. On 6 November 2002, the bears were moved to new locations, including their respective countries embassies in Berlin, or back to country that they were based on. Some of the bears were auctioned off to raise money for UNICEF.

After the success of the first exhibition, a new circle was created in 2003. The idea was to send the circle on a global tour.[6] The circle changes when it reaches a new city, as the bears are always set up in alphabetic order, following the local language of the host country.[] Entry to the exhibitions is always free. In every metropolis, the United Buddy Bears exhibitions are supported by the government, the foreign ministries, the mayors and the UNICEF organisations.[] The bears have been displayed at the following locations since the beginning of the tour:

Year Country / City
Site of exhibition
Patron of the exhibition / Opening by
2002
June - November
 Germany
Berlin, next to the Brandenburg Gate - Pariser Platz
Joschka Fischer, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs
Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's Governing Mayor
2003
July - November
 Germany
Berlin, next to the Brandenburg Gate - Pariser Platz
Sir Peter Ustinov, Actor and UNICEF World Ambassador
Dan Coats, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
2004
January - February
 Austria
Kitzbühel
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Horst Wendling, Mayor of Kitzbühel
2004
May - June
 Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong, Victoria Park
Jackie Chan, Actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Patrick Ho, Hong Kong's Secretary for Home Affairs
2004 / 2005
December - January
 Turkey
Istanbul, Tepeba Pera Square, Beyo?lu
Ahmet Misbah Demircan, Mayor of Beyo?lu
Rainer Möckelmann, German General Consul in Istanbul
2005
April - May
 Japan
Tokyo,[7]Roppongi Hills
Junichiro Koizumi, Prime Minister of Japan
Horst Köhler, President of the Federal Republic of Germany
2005
October - November
 South Korea
Seoul, Olympic Park
Messages of greeting from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Korea, Ban Ki-moon
2006
March - April
 Australia
Sydney, Sydney Opera House - Circular Quay
John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
Ken Done, Artist and UNICEF Ambassador
2006
June - July
 Germany
Berlin,[8]Bebelplatz
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Karin Schubert, Mayor of Berlin
Mia Farrow, American actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
2006
September - October
 Austria
Vienna, Karlsplatz
Grete Laska, Deputy Mayor of Vienna
Karin Schubert, Mayor of Berlin
Christiane Hörbiger, Film actress and UNICEF Ambassador
2007
April - May
 Egypt
Cairo,[9]Gezira Promenade Zamalek
Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt
Hans-Dietrich Genscher, former German Foreign Minister
Abdel Azim Wazir, Governor of Cairo
2007
August - September
 Israel
Jerusalem, Safra Square
Tzipi Livni, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Israel
Yigal Amedi, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
Iris Berben, German actress and winners of the Women's World Award 2004
2008
May - June
 Poland
Warsaw, Castle Square
Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of the City of Warsaw
Klaus Wowereit, Governing Mayor of Berlin
Anne Hidalgo, First Deputy Mayor of Paris
2008
July -August
 Germany
Stuttgart, Schlossplatz
Wolfgang Schuster, Lord Mayor of Stuttgart
2008
October
 North Korea
Pyongyang,[10]Moran Hill Youth Park, close to the Kim-Il-Sung statue
Mun Jae Chol, Foreign Affairs of North-Korea
Thomas Schäfer, German Ambassador in North Korea
2009
March - April
 Argentina
Buenos Aires,[11]Plaza San Martin
Mauricio Macri, Mayor of Buenos Aires
Hernán Lombardi, Minister for Cultural Affairs
2009
May - June
 Uruguay
Montevideo,[12]Plaza Independencia
Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
Ricardo Ehrlich, Mayor of Montevideo
Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, German Ambassador in Uruguay
2009 / 2010
November - April
 Germany
Berlin,[13]Hauptbahnhof,[14] Indoor
Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs
Dennenesch Zoudé, German actress and United Buddy Bears Special Ambassador
2010
May - July
 Kazakhstan
Astana, next to the Bayterek Tower
Imangali Tasmagambetov, Akim of Astana
Rainer Schlageter, German Ambassador in Kazakhstan
2010
September - October
 Finland
Helsinki,[15]Senate Square
Jussi Pajunen, Mayor of Helsinki
Peter Scholz, German Ambassador in Finland
2011
April - May
 Bulgaria
Sofia,[16]Square St Nedelya
Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia
Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's Governing Mayor
Matthias Martin Höpfner, German Ambassador in Bulgaria
2011
June - October
 Germany
Berlin,[17]Kurfürstendamm
Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's Governing Mayor
Monika Thiemen, Mayor of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
2011 / 2012
December - February
 Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur,[18][19] next to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur[20]
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, Sultan of Selangor
Ahmad Fuad Ismail, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur
2012
March - May
 India
New Delhi,[21][22]Connaught Place
Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi
Klaus Wowereit, Berlin's Governing Mayor
2012
June - August
 Russia
Saint Petersburg,[23][24]Alexander Garden, next to the Palace Square
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
Joachim Gauck, President of Germany[25]
2012
October-November
 France
Paris[26][27][28] / Eiffel Tower - Champ de Mars
Guido Westerwelle, German Minister of Foreign Affairs
Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris
Pierre Schapira, Member of the European Parliament
2014
May - July
 Brazil
Rio de Janeiro,[29]Copacabana
Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
Jürgen Trittin, German Federal Ministry for the Environment from 1998-2005
Harald Klein, German General Consul in Rio de Janeiro
2015
January - March
 Cuba
Havana,[30][31][32]Plaza San Francisco de Asis[33]
Eusebio Leal, Ambassador of Good Will of the United Nations
Peter Scholz, German Ambassador in Cuba
Eva and Klaus Herlitz, the initiators of the United Buddy Bears activities
2015
April - June
 Chile
Santiago de Chile, Vitacura, Parque Bicentenario
Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela, Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile
Hans Henning Blomeyer-Bartenstein, German Ambassador in Chile
2016
August - October
 Malaysia
George Town, Esplanade[34][35]
Lim Guan Eng, Chief Minister of Penang
2017 / 2018
December - January
 Germany
Berlin, Walter-Benjamin-Platz[36]
Marianne von Weizsäcker, Patron of the exhibition
Sawsan Chebli, Berlin (Senat)
2018
July - August
 Latvia
Riga, Dome Square[37]
Dace Melb?rde, Latvian Culture Minister
Nils U?akovs, Riga City Mayor
2019
April - May
 Guatemala
Antigua[38], Plaza Mayor[39]
Sandra Jovel, Foreign Affairs Minister of Guatemala
Susana Asencio Lueg, Mayor of Antigua
Harald Klein, German Ambassador in Guatemala
2019
May - June
 Guatemala
Guatemala City, Plaza de la Constitución
Sandra Jovel, Foreign Affairs Minister of Guatemala
Ricardo Quiñónez Lemus, Mayor of Guatemala City
Eva Herlitz und Harald Klein

The Minis

In the autumn of 2003, the circle of United Buddy Bears-The Minis -- was presented in Berlin for the first time.[40] Since then, this circle has been shown in Frankfurt/Main, in Potsdam and at the Sony Center in Berlin, as well as destinations outside of Germany, including Bratislava in Slovakia, Calais in France, and Yekaterinburg and Kazan in Russia.[41][42]

Aid for children in need

As of September  2018 donations and selling Buddy Bears at auction had generated a total of Euro 2,300,000 in aid of UNICEF and of local organisations helping children in need.[43]

Involved artists

In the early years, the Bears were designed by regional artists and Berlin celebrities for the exhibition Art in the City.[44] From 2002 onwards, thanks to support from Lufthansa, Air Berlin and the Berlin Hotel Association, artists from all five continents took part in the international project United Buddy Bears. More than 240 artists from over 150 countries have taken part in this project to date,[45] such as, for example Arik Brauer, René Cadena Ayala, Hernando León, Ibrahim Hazimeh, Carlos Páez Vilaró, Seo Soo-Kyoung, Helge Leiberg, Leda Luss Luyken, Ludmila Seefried-Mat?jková - this is also echoed by the artist and UNICEF Australian National Ambassador, Ken Done.

Publications

  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, Buddy Bear Berlin Show. NeptunArt Publisher, 2001. ISBN 3-85820-152-9.
  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, United Buddy Bears -- Die Kunst der Toleranz. Bostelmann & Siebenhaar Publishers, 2003. ISBN 3-936962-00-6.
  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, United Buddy Bears -- World Tour. NeptunArt Publisher, 2006. ISBN 3-85820-189-8.
  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, United Buddy Bears -- The Art of Tolerance. 384 pages, English/German, December 2009, ISBN 978-3-00-029417-4.
  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, Buddy Bear Berlin. 4th edition, December 2015, ISBN 978-3-00-038736-4.
  • Herlitz, Eva & Klaus, United Buddy Bears -- The Art of Tolerance on World Tour. 288 pages, English/German, November 2017, ISBN 978-3-00-057649-2.
  • Jian-Min Huang: Public Art as Festival. Hong Kong 2005, ISBN 986-7487-48-6 (Pages 63-111: Buddy Bears; Chinese/English).

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