Kunsthaus Tacheles

Kunsthaus Tacheles information

Berlin , Germany
Street Oranienburger Strasse 54-56
Getting there
train Oranienburger Strasse
subway Oranienburger Tor
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Lonely Planet review

After the fall of the Wall, this graffiti-slathered art squat became a permanent fixture on Oranienburger Strasse, drawing locals and tourists to its galleries, cultural venues, bizarre sculptures and beer garden. Although over time it lost much of its anarchic edge, it was still one of the few bastions of alternative spirit in this heavily gentrified area. Now the Tacheles too has fallen victim to development. Things started going downhill in 1998 when the land was sold to property investors. The group went bankrupt and so the creditor bank decided to recoup its losses by auctioning off the plot. Initial attempts to evict the artists and clear the space in summer 2010 failed, in part because of backing by the Berlin Senate. But in mid-2012, after years of a legal tug of war, the last of the artists left the building. The structure itself enjoys protected status, but its future and that of the empty land surrounding it remains uncertain.