MU­SE­UMS & GAL­LERIES

Ber­lin street art is ubiq­ui­tous. Here's where to spot some of the most no­table mu­rals.

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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.”

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