While scouting for my new ArtBerlin Map, I discovered so many galleries in Berlin: When we think about Berlin-Kreuzberg we mostly think about the multicultural scene that makes this area of Berlin so special. Many students and creatives are drawn to this very diverse part of Berlin to experience all the contrasts this Berlin 'Kiez' has to offer. Especially alternative artists often gather in this district to find inspiration for their work. This is also reflected when you dive into Kreuzberg's art scene and visit some of its exhibitions and galleries. Here are my top 5 art galleries in Kreuzberg!
Gallery Nordenhake is definitely a must when you’re out wanting to visit one of the top art galleries in Kreuzberg. Their space is close to the Springer-Haus and is just one of three galleries that Claes Nordenhake has world-wide. The other two internationally renowned galleries can be found in Mexico City and Stockholm. The different exhibitions show a well-balanced mix of established names in the contemporary art scene, interspersed with exciting upcoming international artists. You will find the stunning exhibitions of artists like Olle Bæ.
Lindenstraße 34, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), +49 30 20 61 483, www.nordenhake.com, email@example.com, Station: U6 Kochstraße Checkpoint Charlie, Tue–Sat 11:00–18:00
In 1991 gallerist Ulrich Gebauer opened up his gallery which is situated within one of Berlin's most important areas for contemporary art. Since 1997, Marie-Blanche Carlier has co-directed the exhibitions in this Kreuzberg gallery which feature modern and experimental instillations and images in the form of film, photography, paintings and drawings. The spacious gallery offers enough room for large-scale installations which can usually only be found in museums. The two gallerists curate an inspiring mix of exhibitions by featuring internationally renowned artists alongside young visionaries.
Markgrafenstraße 67, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), +49 30 24 00 86 30, www.carliergebauer.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Station: U6 Kochstraße Checkpoint Charlie, Tue–Sat 11:00–18:00
The Berlinische Galerie hosts a collection of art created in Berlin from 1870 to the present day. It was founded in 1975 as a society devoted to exhibiting art from Berlin. Since 2004 the Berlinische Galerie has been located in former industrial premises in Kreuzberg. Built in 1965, the current building was originally a glass warehouse. The Berlinische Galerie's collection displays photographies to paintings, installation to architecture, and digital artworks. Dada and Eastern European avant-garde are the main focuses of the museum. Just around the corner, you can also find the König Galerie, this is a gallery situated in a former church in Alexandrinenstr. 118, 10969 Berlin.
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128, 10696 Berlin (Kreuzberg), +49 30 78 90 26 00, www.berlinischegalerie.de, email@example.com, Station: U6 Kochstraße, Checkpoint Charlie, Wed–Mon 10:00–18:00
Galeriehaus in der Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26
Many gallerists used to exhibit art on Rudi-Dutschke-Strasse 26, Berlin. Alexander Levy is one of those gallerists who has stayed put here in Kreuzberg with his avant-garde gallery. As the son of Thomas Levy, who is directing a renowned art gallery in Hamburg, he’s also someone who keeps impressing his visitors with brilliant exhibitions by impressive artists like Julius von Bismarck or Meret Oppenheim.
Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), +49 30 25292221, https://alexanderlevy.de, firstname.lastname@example.org, Station: U6 Kochstraße Checkpoint Charlie, Tue–Sat 11:00–18:00
André Buchmann founded the Buchmann Galerie in Germany in 1995 and since 2005 it has been located in Berlin. The Kreuzberg gallery represents internationally established artists, working with sculpture, painting, video and photography such as Wolfgang Laib Daniel Buren, Lawrence Carroll, Tony Cragg and more. The artists have been shown at major art shows, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta Kassel.
Charlottenstraße 13, 10969 Berlin (Kreuzberg), +49 30 25 89 99 29, www.buchmanngalerie.com, email@example.com, Station: U6 Kochstraße Checkpoint Charlie, Tue–Sat 11:00–18:00
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