It might appear an unlikely place for the art gallery — a classic bank building in the centre of a busy shopping district and going to be ripped down.
However, by using their work, the space has filled in Berlin the urban artwork capital of Europe.
And the outcome is a burst of color and myriad of fashions, together with murals and installations covering 10,000 square meters (108,000 ft), all on public opinion at no charge — but only until the demolition team moves in.
“We’re available here for 2 months, then that which will disappear for all eternity,” said Joern Reiners of Die Dixons (The Dixons), the team supporting the project called The Haus (The House).
Home programmers Pandion was approached by it for usage of the block before it also got the keys, and makes way for luxury condos.
“There was so long, we didn’t have any huge plans, we only got our phones out and rang everyone we know,” explained Timo von Rekowski, another Dixons member.
Artists out of 17 states joined the project, together with Berlin-based ones.
Each has been assigned a space — make it a workplace, the corridor, stairwell and the bathroom.
– ‘Make it an adventure’ –
The gallery that sprung up having a space covered from floor to ceiling with personal ads typically seen glued on Berlin lampposts or partitions, another area with a huge pair of clay legs like a giant simply landed through the ceiling, plus a darkened area with wall murals that are only revealed with the support of a torch.
Some artists might not be household names, although some are well-established in Berlin’s urban art arena, like El Bocho, whose cartoon-like “Little Lucy” series and “Citizens” portraits are part of the German capital’s landscape, or Emess, whose functions often involve political figures.
“What we’ve got here is your room to realise their vision… while not having to consider the business of it all like entrance fees, but really only concentrating on the artwork — to experiencing it and also to making it an adventure,” explained Reiners.
“And that’s the nature of what makes us distinct from other projects.”
No photography is allowed to encourage people to genuinely go through the artworks and etch the images in their minds.
When there is 1 regret, it is “that we will not have the ability to show to people the energy that has been created here while the house was being set up,” von Rekowski explained.
No photography is permitted to ensure that visitors etch the images in their minds.
The group keeps a tight leash on the images circulating together with media outlets only permitted to not wide shots and photograph details, of those functions.
The nature of this show helped attract a bunch with a queue snaking down the road, on its launch weekend of April 1-2.
One visitor, Juliana Lang, who shopped for over half an hour with her partner, said: “It had been well worthwhile, there was much more variety than I ever expected. And it will all be gone shortly, so it is never or now.”
Artist Anne Bengard, that painted a contraption as banknotes spewed out of his mouth, stretching over his teeth on a man, said she loved the photos ban.
A lot of people today just view art on the world wide web, without really needing it in person, ” she explained.
“I think it’s good that this is done in this manner so everyone who wishes to see it’s to come personally to view it,” she added.
Regardless of Bengard isn’t bothered that her artwork will be reduced to rubble.
“This is my very first wall painting in a financial institution and I find it rather cool too that this very first work will soon no longer exist, that no one can purchase it and it is something for this particular moment in time.”