Mitte 4 – Art

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Once junkie cen­tral, this area is now ground zero for edgy art, buzzy din­ing and a smat­ter­ing of quirky shops. Au­gust­str. and Linien­str., aka the East’s orginal ‘gallery mile’, are packed with art houses, though open­ing times vary. Your best bet is 2-6pm Wed-sat, but do check ahead.

Start at St. Ober­holz / Rosen­thaler Str. 72a (cnr Torstr.) (see Kaf­fee) / for some java and exit right to cross Torstr., then at the Y-junc­tion, take the left fork for Brun­nen­str. Stay on the right side of the road, and be­gin your arty jaunt by brows­ing open­ing-ap­pro­pri­ate frocks at An­to­nia Goy at #5 / 446 503 86, then trot to the con­crete and plex­i­glass ed­i­fice at #9 KOW / 311 667 70 / show­ing cere­bral works by global new­bies. Got the munchies? Exit right and skip into the park on your right for Nola’s (see Brunch). If not, cross to the other side of Brun­nen­str. and con­tinue up to Ber­lin Beirut Mul­ti­ples at #162 / 639 619 72 / evoca­tive Middle East­ern prints and tomes. Exit right for Ga­lerie Lacke Far­ben at #170 / 486 257 11 / Euro paint­ings, and Ob­jets Trou­vés at #169 / 016 318 109 85 / vin­tage furny and in­dus­trial de­sign. Keep right for cool and aptly named Smallspace Gallery at #178 / 0171 559 5656; mod, vi­brant­ly­hued baubles at #187 Sch­muck­frage / 432 053 48; and #188190 Neue Schule für fo­tografie’s / 280 468 62 / classes for bud­ding snap­pers + ex­hi­bi­tion space for emerg­ing pho­tog­ra­phers. Con­tinue straight on, cross­ing Torstr. again, af­ter which you’re on Rosen­thaler Str. Turn right at the first st., Linien­str. and trot down to #196 for Anuschka Ho­evener’s / 443 192 99 / boldly-shaped, artily-em­bel­lished femwear, then cross and duck into photo-fo­cused Kicken at #161a / 288 778 82 / be­fore stop­ping for a bite at farm-to-ta­ble lunch­ster Lokal (see Rest./re­laxed). Post re­fuel, pop to #158 Kuckei + Kuckei’s / 883 43 54 / bi-level mul­ti­me­dia space, then in the next court­yard at #155 are both Ga­lerie Feld­buschweis­ner / 695 041 42 / with orig­i­nal young blood, and Neuger­riem­schnei­der / 288 772 77 / far left hand cnr of court­yard / home of ‘weather artist’ Ola­fur Elias­son. Cross over to ooh and aah at con­tempo jew­eller René Tal­mon L’armee at #109 / 955 984 46 / with stun­ning black di­a­mond and Ethiopian opals, then con­tinue down Linien­str. to find Mu­nich trans­plant Rasche Rip­ken at #148 / 400 541 60 / on the left, and con­cep­tual quirk at Marten Mertens / 440 433 50 / next door. Exit right and you’ll soon meet Tu­chol­skystr. Turn right here for sculp­tural in­spi­ra­tion at Lorch + Seidel / at #38 / 978 939 35. Cont. down Tu­chol­skystr. and at Au­gust­str., make a left for Wun­derkind on the cor­ner at #75 / 280 418 17, then con­tinue on Au­gust­str. and cross for Heck­mann Höfe’s rear en­trance. Hut Up (see Adv. Shop.) and Ber­lin funkster ap­parel by Nix / 281 80 44 / are in­side. Back onto Au­gust­str., turn right for the Jüdis­che Mäd­chen­schule com­plex (see Art) at #11, then cross for KW at #69 / 243 45 90 / mu­seum and gallery, sis to MOMA’S P.S.1 in NYC, with rav­ish­ing glasshouse Café Bravo. Next door at #68 is ME Col­lec­tors Room (see Art) with a caff too. Opp. at #20 is DNA / 285 996 52 / Ber­lin-based int’l artists; then Ga­lerie Dittmar at #22 / 283 985 40 / for Bauhaus, Dada et al; opp. is #61 Deschler / 283 32 88 / for in­no­va­tive, fig­u­ra­tive works, then back on the other side at #26 are Oona / 280 459 05 / drool­ery gallery, and Ei­gen + Art / 280 66 05 / Leipzig school roll call. Cont. and turn right into Gipsstr., which is also the end of the Mitte 2 itin. Purses out!

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