If Paris had it going on at the turn of the 20th century, and New York was the place to be when Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art took hold in the 50’s and 60’s, then Berlin is definitely making a name for itself when it comes to contemporary art in the 21st century. It is often said that cities go through great moments of renewal after difficult pasts, and though Berlin saw the fall of the wall more than 20 years ago, it still seems to be at the peak of it’s moment.
With the most progressive means of showing art taking front seat here in Berlin, the Kunsthalle exhibition spaces mean fresh and constantly changing art shows on a routine basis. The Kunstalle is a unique form of showing art in which venues do not hold a permanent collection of any kind. Rather, they show art that is temporary, ephemeral, or traveling in some form. This relieves museums of many pressures when it comes to maintaining a permanent collection, and in Berlins’ case, means contemporary art is constantly coming and going. Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art is among the sites that is gaining particularly good press, and with a massive space, outdoor garden and café, it attracts art-lovers and curious visitors from all over.
When it comes to diverse institutions that beckon the most cutting edge talent, Berlin is simply ahead of the game. Take the newly renovated ‘Samlung Boros’ for example. Here, you’ll find that a Nazi-era bunker was reconverted to show the private collection of two avid art collectors. Despite the long waiting list to participate, this space redeems itself as a pristine and totally unique venue for showing top names in the art world.
To Berlin’s merit, contemporary art has found itself a thriving epicenter because of the generous support from Berliners. As a result, the city has been attracting an array of creative individuals from all disciplines to show work or participate in collaborative projects. The city’s ability to attract top talent from the art world means that the shows and cultural events are sure to relay a sense of culture and diversity unlike any other.