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For the first time after the lockdown, the legendary Berghain, Berlin's temple for electronic music, opens its door, but something has changed. Waving a banner on its façade claiming that "tomorrow is the question", Berghain turned itself into an art gallery.

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Due to the pandemic precautions, the Berghain was forced to close its doors leaving thousands of disappointed clubbers, on March 11th. 

In the days of silence, however, an idea was born: that of transforming the Berghain into a contemporary art gallery. The idea came from a couple of German collectors, Christian and Karen Boros, two contemporary art lovers. They decided to invest in this former power plant and to exploit its extraordinary volumes to transform it into an ephemeral art gallery mixing painting, photography, sculpture, video and sound. The opening exhibition entitled Studio Berlin brings together about one hundred contemporary artists who live and work in Berlin, including Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Cyprien Gaillard, Elmgreen & Dragset, Katharina Grosse, Alicja Kwade, Danh Vō and Wolfgang Tillmans. National and international artworks in the fields of photography, sculpture, painting, video, sound, performance and installation will be on view. 

“Berlin has the highest density of ateliers, studios andart workshops in Europe – artists from all over the world move to the German capital to work. In the Spring of 2020, drastic changes occurred: planned exhibitions and art fairs were cancelled or postponed, galleries and museums closed and larger projects could not be realized. In addition, the nightlife in Berlin was completely shut down. It is because of this situation that Boros and Berghain came together. The main purpose of this exhibition is to reflect upon the current status and the shifts in art and society and to give artists in Berlin a platform to present their work” 

The exhibition, organized by the Boros Foundation, will be on display from September to December. Thus, during these months, visitors will be able to enter the legendary club without having to worry about the investigative gaze of its bouncers, famous for their strict and inscrutable selection standards.

 

Berghain facade. Rirkrit Tiravanija, Morgen ist die Frage for Studio Berlin, 2020. 

 

Cover image: Visitors listen to a sound installation at Berghain club in July 2020. (Photo by Maja Hitij, Getty Images).

Written by Giulia Cami

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