The legendary techno club Berghain in the German capital Berlin opens its doors again today… as an art gallery. As the corona crisis forces nightclubs to remain closed, the club’s owners sought and found a temporary alternative.
Berghain is one of the best known and most infamous clubs in the world. The strict by policy where the well-known bouncer but very selectively allows visitors in, adds to the myth surrounding the Berlin nightclub.
But of course Berghain also turned out not to be immune to the corona virus. When that broke out in Germany in March, bars and nightclubs had to close their doors immediately. Since then, the former power station with an area of 3,500 square meters has been empty.
More than 100 contemporary works
That’s why Berghain’s owners, Michael Teufele and Norbert Thormann, came up with the idea of turning the space into an art gallery. For this they contacted gallery owners Christian and Karen Boros. This resulted in the Studio Berlin initiative. This is an exhibition with more than a hundred works by contemporary artists who combine painting, photography, sculpture, video and sound.
Most of the pieces on display were made during the lockdown due to the corona virus. Studio Berlin opens today – September 9 – and will run through December 2020.