Twenty years have passed since the fall of the Wall, and the streets around the former border crossing at Checkpoint Charlie have again become the heart of a new Berlin. The city’s geographic center lies right behind the two buildings at Lindenstrasse 34/35 and the Berlinische Galerie, but it’s also the social center of the city. The dpa, Axel Springer publishing house, and Der Tagesspiegel and taz all have their offices in the immediate neighborhood. And since the press district is situated here, the political life of the capital is always close at hand.
For art enthusiasts, however, it’s the uniquely high concentration of galleries that makes the area so compelling. Over a dozen cutting-edge galleries located in an old department store and former Lufthansa headquarter form the “Galerienhaus” at Lindenstrasse 34/35. Numerous other leading galleries have settled in the buildings between Markgrafenstrasse and Charlottenstrasse that once housed Axel Springer’s printing presses, transforming these historic monuments into centers for contemporary art. More than fifty galleries are based here in this district: alongside the exhibition spaces of premiere German gallerists are the local showcases of their international colleagues from Austria, Cuba, Denmark, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Sweden, the USA and other countries. The spectrum ranges from renowned international exhibition houses to small project spaces.
Collectors and all others interested in contemporary art are presented with a broad view of the newest and most important artistic developments; one can gain new insights into existing positions and make high-quality new discoveries, because Berlin is also the capital of young artists.
The Berlin Gallery District is ideally situated at the heart of Berlin, bordered by the Stresemannstrasse to the west, Hallesches Ufer to the south, Alte Jakobstrasse to the east, and Leipzigerstrasse to the north. Five major public exhibition halls provide the institutional context: Martin Gropius Bau, The Jewish Museum, Topographie des Terrors, Museum für Kommunikation and the Berlinische Galerie. Convenient transportation connections to the lively art scenes around the Kulturforum, on Potsdamer Strasse, and in Kreuzberg make the quarter a unique focus of cultural life in Berlin.
The Berlin Gallery District initiative aims to help the public take advantage of all that the area has to offer by creating a shared platform for events and information concerning museums and galleries in the quarter. A website with an interactive map will present the locations and programs of all participating venues in a convenient overview format. In addition, an e-newsletter will provide regular updates on running exhibitions and major events in the Berlin Gallery District, which will coordinate at least two exclusive events annually.
The Berlin Gallery District will celebrate the launch of this joint venture on
Friday, September 10, 2010, starting at 6:00 p.m.. All the galleries and the major museums will be marking this special occasion and opening the autumn season together with special exhibition openings and extended opening hours (until 9 p.m.). We invite you to take a tour through the District, visit our exhibitions.