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Kunsthaus Tacheles information
The graffiti-covered empty hulk on Oranienburger Strasse is all that’s left of the Kunsthaus Tacheles, which for over 20 years was one of Berlin’s most beloved alternative arts and culture spaces.
Shortly after the fall of the Wall, in early 1990, an artist's collective occupied the crumbling wartime ruin of a 1909 shopping arcade, creating a utopian parallel world and luring locals and tourists to its antimainstream venues, bizarre sculptures and trashy-cool beer garden. Although the anarchic vibe eventually faded, the building remained the lodestar of alternative culture in heavily gentrified Mitte until falling victim to Berlin's burgeoning real estate craze in 2012. The last of the artists were evicted in September of that year, leaving behind a forlorn and neglected landmark.