ince the well-known Latvian artist Maija Tabaka's stay in Western Berlin between 1977 and 1978, and her solo exhibition at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, German art critics continue to call her the ''Bird of Paradise'', but when arriving in Berlin, her new-found friends began calling Maija the ''Soviet Countess''.
How was Maija able to make it to Western Berlin? How did she feel in such unusual circumstances? Who did she befriend? What type of relations did she form with this ''city island''? How are Maija Tabaka's paintings seen today? Some of these answers can be found at the exhibition Maija Tabaka and Western Berlin, which includes a accompanying catalog with interviews, critic reviews, and memories from her friends in Western Berlin.