Berlin's Techno temple Berghain reopened as an art gallery

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Last Wednesday the iconic Berghain in Berlin, known to many as a temple for techno music, reopened as an art gallery. The project is dubbed Studio Berlin and will contain 115 works by international Berlin-based artists that were made when the city was in lockdown.

Normally, the Berghain is filled with techno lovers enjoying some of the best industrial techno, but due to Covid-19, it has been closed for months. Instead of waiting around, the owners decided to reopen the venue “to send a message that Berlin’s cultural life is still very much alive”. The project was set-up by collector Christian Boros, his wife Karen Lohmann and curator Juliet Kothe after being approached by the club’s owners.

The first art piece you'll see when you go the the Berghain, is a gigantic banner on the facade of the building, made by Thai artist Rirkrit Tiravanija. The banner reads “Morgen ist die Frage” (“Tomorrow is the question”). Inside you can find different works by a wide array of artists, like by Georgian artist Thea Djordjadze, who submitted a living-room carpet she used a canvas or by Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, who made an exposition of Polaroids pictures of the flowers she bought every day during the lockdown.

The Berghain is known for its strong “no pictures policy”, security at the door places a sticker over the cameras of cellphones and if someone tries to take it off, they get kicked out. This rule is still in place and will be enforced. Christian Boros explained the rule:

“You’ll be leaving this gallery with a head full of memories and ideas, not with pictures to adorn your social media feeds.”

Tickets for the guided tours are available here and cost €20,- or €10,- for students, retirees, unemployed or people with disabilities.


Source: The Guardian