MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Berlin street art is ubiquitous. Here's where to spot some of the most notable murals.
Art in Berlin does not confine itself to the 170-plus museums around the city – it also lives on the streets. In and around Rosenthaler Straße in Mitte, practically every available space is covered with spray paint and stencil art, and you’ll even find works by the celebrated British artist Banksy and The Police London group. A walk up and down Alte Schönhauser Straße and Schönhauser Allee in the trendy district of Prenzlauer Berg also reveals walls that have been turned into canvases.
Possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world, however, is the East Side Gallery (p. 37). Consisting of 105 works painted in 1990 by artists from all over the world, the gallery stretches along a 1.3km (. 8mi) section of the Berlin Wall and stands as an international memorial for freedom and hope.
On Bülowstraße near Nollendorfplatz, the passer-by also quickly becomes a gallery visitor. Four times a year, Urban Nation (www.urban-nation. net), a young Berlinbased street art network, invites internationally renowned sprayers to redesign the façades of select buildings. The four-story complex at No. 7 particularly draws attention and brings color and panache to the otherwise not-so- glamorous neighborhood. On the other side of the road, at No. 95, a series of pillars has been decorated with peculiar Indian-like figures and a sensual wolf-like creature by artist Birdman. The nearby corner of Alvenslebenstraße and Kirchbachstraße is home to a mural by British artist Phlegm, whose work has been described as both childlike and menacing. Additional Urban Nation projects can be spotted citywide.
If admiring the creative fruits of others has you inspired, join the workshop offered by lifestyle guides
Berlinagenten (www.berlinagenten.com), who offer the chance both to explore street art and to try your hand at creating a chef
d’oeuvre of your own.
“The East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world.”