This Is the World's Most Exclusive Art Exhibition in Berlin's Most Select Club

An artist's interpretation of the notorious Berghain nightclub | © Michael Mayer/ Flickr
An artist's interpretation of the notorious Berghain nightclub | © Michael Mayer/ Flickr
Photo of Megan King
15 June 2017

Berlin‘s most exclusive club just got a little more interesting, with German contemporary artist Norbert Bisky set to show his latest work inside Berghain, the city’s infamous techno temple. Those who make it past the doorman and into the club, which is notorious for sending away anyone who doesn’t keep a straight face, will be rewarded with the sight of Bisky’s specially commissioned painting. Read on for more on how to see the artwork for yourself.

Berghain is housed in an old power plant | © James Dennes/ Flickr

Although Berlin’s uberclub Berghain was awarded cultural venue status in 2016, the decision to host an art exhibition here will further dispell any doubts that its all-weekend parties, earth-shattering techno, the odd sexual fetish party and a legendary name were enough to win cultural recognition.

The legendary club commissioned a painting from Norbert Bisky as part of a ongoing permanent exhibition collected and curated by the owners. There is a strict no-photo policy inside Berghain, so the only way to see the art is up close and personal – which means braving not only the queue to get inside, but the possibility of rejection at the door. The club is situated in a former power plant, and has become an icon of the industrial party revolution and the non-judgemental, anything-goes, hedonistic attitude of its revelers.

Norbert Bisky Permaculture I | courtesy of the artist and Galerie König

The club, which has artworks from artists such as Wolfgang Tillmans and Joseph Marr hanging across its mighty three levels, has recently undergone ground level renovations. Earlier this year, Piotr Nathan’s enormous mural Rituals of Disappearance was taken down and sold piece by piece to the public, with Bisky’s new worktaking its place. Bisky’s painting, entitled Vertigo (2017) will hang in the Säule, a dancefloor assigned to the more experimental and conceptual genres of electronic music.

The artist, who describes himself as ‘not a realist,’ uses imagery and colour to create dreamy bygone worlds and an ideal of life that no longer exists. His works often play with queer or homoerotic themes.

‘Home is where Berghain is.’ The club has achieved cult status | © Alberto Cabello/ Flickr

Bisky grew up in East Germany, and his childhood aesthetic of Social Realism has influenced his vibrant, conceptual works. Brisky’s process often begins with a Polaroid picture, which he reinterprets and transforms to create a wholly new narrative. He currently lives and works in Berlin, and has works in galleries all around the world including in Baró Galeria in São Paulo, the Leeahn Gallery in South Korea, and the König Galerie in Berlin.

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