Just in time for the festival „Make City“ from the 14th of June until the 1rst of July, Irina from the gallery aquabitArt and me designed an „Architecture + Art Walk“ in Berlin Mitte. The first tour will be on the 30th of June and the second tour is on the 1rst of July at 14:30. On this walk you find the artsy gems in Berlin Mitte. Join us!
After organizing the KiezWalk in Neukölln, KiezWalk in Kreuzberg and in KiezWalk Prenzlauer Berg, I released a BertaBerlin map covering Berlin Mitte, so I thought, why not design – in addition to my QueerBerlin Tour – an Architecture and Art Tour in Berlin Mitte also.
A born and bred Berliner, I also studied art history and publish BertaBerlin maps. In my travel guides, I share Berlin walks and favourite places. I also blog about the city at www.walk-this-way.net. My research has taken me into many hidden corners of Berlin and I enjoy talking to the people I encounter. I’d love you to join me - maybe we’ll even discover more architecture and art together during our experience!
About the Architecture & Art Tour
Let us walk you through galleries and institutions in Berlin Mitte, which focus on architecture and art. We’ll meet in Mitte, an artsy districts famed for its galleries. One stop on our tour will be the monument Bear Swinger, where the heraldic animal of Berlin was accommodated. Today it is a venue for art exhibitions and talks. Here you can see art installation specifically designed for this location. Another the last obtained architectural monument of Berlin, which provides various site-specific formats of contemporary art that discuss architecture and history of the monastery ruins. Each place we visit will be brought to life with stories about the colourful, fascinating history which made the city what it is.
Start: Saturday, 14:30, Bärenzwinger, Im Köllnischen Park, 10179 Berlin
End: Around 17:00, aquabit, Auguststraße 35, 10119 Berlin
Let us walk you through galleries and institutions in Berlin Mitte, which focus on architecture and art. We’ll meet in Mitte, an artsy districts famed for its galleries. This area blossomed after the falling of the Berlin Wall in 1990 and is part of the historical centre, called Spandauer Vorstadt. One stop on our tour will be the monument Bear Swinger, where the heraldic animal of Berlin was accommodated. Today it is a venue for art exhibitions and talks. Here you can see art installation specifically designed for this location. Another the last obtained architectural monument of Berlin, which provides various site-specific formats of contemporary art that discuss architecture and history of the monastery ruins. Each place we visit will be brought to life with stories about the colourful, fascinating history which made the city what it is. Finally, let’s finish up with a drink at aquabitArt at Auguststraße where we can chat with the gallerist and artist of the current exhibition.
More architecture and art events
„Make City“ is Berlin’s first Festival for Architecture and Urban Alternatives, bringing together architects, planners, civic groups and developers in a citywide conversation on thinking and making city differently. The theme of 2018 is „BERLIN NEW GEMISCHT“ (Berlin newly mixed). During the nine days oft he festival you will experience events, talks, workshops on Make City at the Czech Center in Berlin Mitte. Also you can visit exhibitions and happenings in cultural centers and special locations throughout Berlin.
I also highly recommend to check out „Tag der Architektur Berlin“ (day of architecture in Berlin) from the 23rd until the 24th of June. During this weekend a lot of architecture offices are showing visitors new architecture projects in Berlin, which are normally not accessible for everyone.
Since 2002, aquabit stands for connecting art presentations, architecture and their communication through (web) design. Founder Irina Ilieva shows current artistic exhibitions, which concerns architecture, art and new media. They regularly host art talks, performances and lectures.
+49 30 26 03 64 77
Station: U8 Rosenthaler Platz
Exhibition: Pascal Brateau
During the Architecture+Art Weekends daily 12–22
This monument, where the heraldic animal of Berlin were accommodated, is today a venue for art exhibitions and talks. Here you can see art installation spefically designed for this location and discuss how architecture is structuring the relationship of people, animals and objects.
Im Köllnischen Park
+49 30 90 18 37 461
Station: U8 Heinrich-Heine Straße, U2 Märkisches Museum
Exhibition: Swinger / architecture of segregation
It is one of the last obtained architectural monuments of Berlin, which is publicly accessible and culturally used. Since 2016, [statement & dialogue] has provided a place for various site-specific formats of contemporary art that discuss the architecture and history of the monastery ruins. In this context, a performance program will take place in the summer, with an exhibition planned in the fall focusing on contemporary poetry.
Ruine der Franziskaner
Klosterkirche at Klosterstraße 73a
Station: U2 Klosterstraße
April–Oct Daily 12–18
ZKR / Zentrum für Kunst und öffentlichen Raum
After the Architecture and Art Tour you could visit the Spreepark Berlin-Plänterwald and take another architecture and art tour (90 min) through this park. The performative guided tours by Hans Winkler take the visitors to places that contain stories from different epochs and tell stories about the disappearances. Here narratives, myths, legends or personal memories in the form of sound albums and sound materials are presented, which gradually build up a new history of the place.
Spreepark (entrance at Wachschutzhaus, house of security guards)
Station: S8, S9, S85 Plänterwald (Berlin)
Tours: 15:00 at Sat 23rd, Sun 24th of June; Sat 30th Juni, Sun 1rst of July, Sat 07th, Sun 8th of July, Sat 21rst, Sun 22nd of July, 22nd, 23rd of September Admission: 5 Euro
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