The Arts of Berlin

Berlin offers an art scene enriched with diversions from local rising musicians to photographers, painters and graffiti artists. You cannot stay here without involving yourself in the music scene, the street culture and the alternative and unique bohemian vibes. Walking through the streets you cannot fail to notice the proliferation of art forms and graffiti. […]

Berlin offers an art scene enriched with diversions from local rising musicians to photographers, painters and graffiti artists. You cannot stay here without involving yourself in the music scene, the street culture and the alternative and unique bohemian vibes. Walking through the streets you cannot fail to notice the proliferation of art forms and graffiti. This has become part of Berlin’s character; ranging from political, comical and artistic creations to the downright random.

You only need to look upwards to be amazed by the determination of some people to express themselves several storeys up, in places that could only possibly be accessed with lengthy ladders or a complicated method of hoisting and scaling. It is worth it though, as the results give the city charm and individuality through allowing freedom of expression.

Given Berlin’s free spirit, contemporary expression has flourished. The city boasts more than 5000 artists in residence, who are regularly opening their studios or exhibiting their work in many of the galleries that the city has to offer. Wherever or however you want to experience this important aspect of Berlin’s charm and character, there is something here for everyone.

Walking between any of Berlin’s main attractions reveals expressionist graffiti on many walls of the city. Take to the back streets rather than following the typical tourist trails to see some of the more interesting pieces of work. There is often much to see around train stations and on shop shutters at night-time. Also, more artistic and bohemian areas of the city, such as Prenzlauer Berg and Kreuzberg, offer a vast range of interesting creations.

There is also the more conventional means of exploring the city’s artistic works, through visiting some of the multitudinous galleries that are located throughout the city. From photography to abstract art, from contemporary to eclectic, the galleries provide an interesting scope for all tastes.

In this section, some of the more off-the-wall and unique ways to discover the true artistic spirit of Berlin are highlighted. This covers not only interesting galleries, but also ways to see a different cultural side of the city. To find a list of temporary exhibitions and what’s on where and when, refer to the city’s monthly magazine, artery berlin, which is also available in English. This guide can be acquired in most galleries, but also has an online version at www.artery-berlin.de. Usually further information can be found in the galleries that you visit.

Auguststraße: If you are in the mood for checking out some of the more contemporary art that the city has to offer, make your way to Auguststraße. The street is a hive of galleries, from visual to photographic arts. Start at one end and work your way down, with your eyes watching both sides of the street, for this stretch of the city offers a dense supply of individual and exciting galleries. Auguststraße was the centre of the Berlin art scene in the 1990s, renovated after the fall of the Wall in 1989 from a poor inner city district to the quaint and buzzing sight you can see today. The galleries attract artists from all over the world and feature some of the most bohemian, controversial and eclectic pieces that you are likely to see in Berlin.

Other galleries worth a look:
Jannowitzbrücke, www.holtzmarktstrasse.com, Tues- Sat 11.00 – 18.00, although check website for individual opening times. To move away from the smart and up-market art genre, head to the less touristy galleries tucked away beneath the arches of the S-Bahn at Jannowitzbrücke. In a perfect location running along side the river, these bright and airy galleries exhibit works from Berlin’s most dynamic and avant-garde artists. Tucked behind a petrol station a short walk from the S-Bahn, the area does not attract most tourists, and yet provides an interesting insight into the way that art is evolving in the city. The exhibitions are constantly changing, but along the stretch of four galleries under the station, and the two more a short walk away at Schillingstraße, and then two more again on Strausberger Platz, there is always something of interest going on that is certainly worth checking out.

Hamburger Bahnhof, www.hamburgerbahnhof.de, Museum für Gegenwart, Museum for Contemporary Art, 50 – 51 Invalidenstraße. S5/9/75 Hauptbahnhof. Tues- Fri 10.00 – 18.00, Sat & Sun11.00 – 18.00. Free Thurs 14.00 – 18.00 and first Sunday of euch month. The Hamburger Bahnhof, a former train station which ceased to function as such from as early as 1906, is the home of contemporary works of art from a wide variety of artists. Offering both permanent and temporary exhibitions, this museum is worth a visit on a Thursday afternoon when entrance is free, if not for the artwork, then just for the impressive structure of the former station. It provides an impressive backdrop for works of art ranging from Warhol to Beuys, Lichtenstein to Keith Haring and Donald Judd. The permanent collection is mainly work of an abstract nature, so do prepare yourself for works of a bizarre and perplexing nature.

Tacheles, www.tacheles.de Oranienburgerstrasse 53-56, U6 Oranienburger Tor. Doomed to destruction in 1990, the former shopping centre, exhibition hall and offices to the SS and the Nazi labour organisation, Tacheles was saved by a group of young international artists in early 1990. The group settled and it became a squat house, in which a band of painters, sculptors and other randomers nutured their artistic talents. Since then art has flourished in the building, which now houses several exhibitions, a cinema room, an outside gallery and several bars. Prepare yourself to be amazed by the eclectic mix of graffiti, and also the rather unconventional conditions of living that these young people are embracing. The dilapidated building, its walls suffused with gritty murals and tattooed with funky graffiti, must be ascertained as an urban artwork in itself, housing about 50 contemporary artists. The building serves as a creative source of constant inspiration to many of the artists. Their multicultural backgrounds as well as their diverse styles of expression turns Tacheles into an artistic environment bursting with creative energy.

CTR Team Berlin, spring 2009

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