Known for its hip and edgy music and food scenes, Berlin is currently experiencing an artistic renaissance of sorts due to its passion for the avant-garde and abundance of affordable studio space. What was once underground and gritty is now a bona fide world-class art destination. With over 440 galleries and 10,000 international artists living within the city limits, Berlin is perhaps on its way to becoming next New York, London, or Paris. Contributing greatly to this emerging scene are the city’s five most noteworthy gallery and museum spaces listed below.
CONTEMPORARY FINE ARTS
Location: Grolmanstr. 32/33, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Why We Picked It: Located in the heart of West Berlin, Contemporary Fine Arts or CFA Berlin has been representing prominent emerging and established talent, including Cecily Brown, Raymond Pettibon, Dana Schutz, Georg Baselitz, Sarah Lucas, Tal R, Gert & Uwe Tobias, and Katja Strunz since 1992.
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EIGEN + ART
Location: Auguststraße 26 B, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Why We Picked It: Originally located in Leipzig, EIGEN + ART has been located in Berlin since 1992. Primarily focused on media, film/video, photography, installation, painting and sculpture, as well as conceptual art and performance, the gallery recently opened up a third branch in a former Jewish Girls’ School, which is set to feature famed international artists.
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MAX HETZLER GALLERY
Location: Bleibtreustraße 45, 10623 Berlin, Germany
Why We Picked It: Currently representing Rebecca Warren, Christopher Wool, Mona Hatoum, Jeff Koons, the renowned Max Hetzler Gallery first started operating out of Stuttgart in 1974. Since 2006, this progressive gallery space has taken up residence in a 1,600 square-meter former light bulb factory with an abundance of industrial charm and natural light.
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KW INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Location: Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Why We Picked It: Just a short walk from EIGEN + ART, visitors will discover the iconic KW Institute for Contemporary Art housed within an historic, pre-war building. This collaborative creation space exhibits up-and-coming as well as blue chip artists and is perhaps best known for launching the prestigious Berlin Biennial in 1996.
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Location: 121, Alexandrinenstraße 118, 10969 Berlin, Germany
Why We Picked It: Prominent local art dealer Johann König acquired the Brutalist St. Agnes church in the trendy Kreuzberg area of Berlin in 2011. Constructed in 1967 by German architect Werner Düttmann, the director of urban development for West Berlin, this once negelected ediface has now been completely renovated by archictect Arno Brandlhuber, transforming this structure into a now booming cultural hub.
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