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Berlin’s Art Scene: Are Reports of Its Death Exaggerated?

The lease on Ms. Stoschek’s Berlin venue, where she has mounted extensive exhibitions of video art, ends in 2022: The building will then undergo overdue renovations. Mr. Olbricht, who has exhibited his collection in Berlin since 2010, has said he will be returning to Essen, in western Germany. And the wing displaying Mr. Flick’s loan of 1,500 artworks in the Hamburger Bahnhof museum is slated for demolition. He will take the works to Switzerland next year.

Mr. Lederer said in an interview that he was aware of past policy mistakes, but that he was taking steps to protect and promote an art scene that was integral in shaping the city’s identity. His department has helped secure around 1,400 studio spaces that are then rented to artists at submarket, subsidized rates, he said. More recently, he was behind an aid program in which artists could apply for 5,000 euros, about $6,000, in the first days of Berlin ’s pandemic lockdown, he added.

The collectors Karen and Christian Boros will present an exhibition in collaboration with Berghain, the techno club, from Sept. 9.Credit...Franziska Krug/Getty Images

And not all collectors are leaving. Art venues like Fluentum and the Kindl Center for Contemporary Art, both established by private collectors, remain and will show new exhibitions in September. Two of the city’s most visible contemporary art buyers, Christian and Karen Boros â€" who, since 2008, have mounted exhibitions in a monolithic World War II bunker in the city center â€" will soon host “Studio Berlin” in collaboration with Berghain, the techno club. From Sept. 9, the club’s cavernous spaces will become an exhibition venue for work by more than 80 local artists; for the first time, the public will be allowed in without first being scrutinized by Berghain’s famously picky bouncers.

In an interview, Mr. Demand said that with the “Local Talent” exhibition at Sprüth Magers he wanted “to show, on a small scale, that Berlin still works,” adding: “We’re still here, we’re still working, we still have the same problems and we’re still coming up with individual solutions.”


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