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Anyone that’s walked around Charlottenburg recently, where the shopping strips meet the Berlin Zoo and the Aquarium, may well have come across a long queue of people snaking down the street. Maybe you should be in that line, too.
This is the site of the The Haus, the latest artistic experience to hit Berlin, and it’s proven to be a raging success with the mob that stands outside its doors each day, although it won’t be around for much longer.
The outside of the building is glass and office-like, despite the colourful addition of graffiti paint that adorns the middle windows. The building is the former Berliner Volksbank and today, instead of vaults and tellers, its rooms are filled with striking art and immersive installations.
Over 100 artists were invited to the temporary space to fill its walls with their creative freewill, having no limits on the scope and the direction of their designs. These artists, who come from a variety of disciplines, have turned the whole building into a conceptual and unique experience, fully immersing the senses.
Though probably the most intriguing element of this unconventional gallery space is the fact that the building it set to be demolished in June – with all the work that’s been made over the last months going down with it.
Some of the current highlights include creations by artists Gypoplata, Daniela Uhlig, Quintessence, Superbadboys, Laurus & Demut, Paulo Consentino, Drink and Draw, Dr. Molrok, Mister Woodland, Innerflieds and Felix Rodewaldt. There are some 108 spaces and areas for visitors to discover over its five floors.
In order to keep the project temporary and transitional, their is a strict no camera policy – you’ll be asked to deposit your cameraphone into a small white bag as you enter the door. There are only 200 people permitted into the building at any given time, so try and get there earlier in the day to avoid a long wait. Entrance is free, although they do ask for a donation on leaving.
The official opening date was 1 April 2017, and the project will run until the end of May – don’t miss your chance to experience this Haus!