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Berlin Wall Painting

Sergey Dolya • 4 minutes read • March 28th, 2016

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many East Berliners from Oranienburger Strasse  went to live with their rich relatives in West Germany, and several buildings on this street became abandoned. Taking advantage of the chaos, 


artists captured and turned one of them, former shopping center, into the Art House Tacheles. In total, about 70 people live and work here. All the walls of the porch and rooms are painted with graffiti. There are attempts to drive artists out of the building from time to time, but the German law is on their side.
Oranienburger Strasse. Elite 


bourgeois houses coexist with horrible squats, which facades are decorated with installations of 'modern art' or anti-war slogans:


You can buy works of the


artists right in the coridors:
Hackesche Höfe is comprised of 8 courtyards, connected by a passage. The main idea was for people to live and work in the closed complex of buildings. They did not have to go out, thus reducing the risk of developing tuberculosis:

One of the courtyards, Schwarzenberg, in wartime belonged to some German industrialist, who employed blind Jews. According to the laws of that time, disabled Jews were sent to the camp, but the manufacturer interceded and saved their lives. Therefore, this place in Berlin has remained almost unchanged since the  war. Now there is a museum of Jewish history (Anne Frank), an alternative club, an art-house cinema with graffiti, bars and more:

The main motive of many wall paintings in Berlin is Little Lutzi who hates her cat:

Several beer bikes passed by in the evening. People sit at a table, drink beer, pedal and see the sights. All this goes on with songs, shouts, and screams:
Author: Sergeydolya

Translated by: Gian Luka

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