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Berlin boasts a thriving, dynamic art scene that is rivaled by few cities in the world. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, thousands of artists have since flocked to the city and it is easy to understand why. With a thriving countercultural scene and low living costs, it is the ideal environment for artists to innovate and thrive. While the majority of cities’ art is notoriously sophisticated and glamorous, Berlin’s success at attracting artists and art-lovers has been almost the opposite. Beaming with contemporary art, Berlin is a city like no other.
Home to hundreds of museums and art galleries, you will not fall short of finding art that you love. Berlin is overflowing with opportunities for artists – there are chances for you to showcase your artworks in exhibitions and installations around the city. It is often the case that artists first find their feet in Berlin before moving on to other cities such as London or New York. So whether you are an up-and-coming artist, or merely one that that appreciates art, Berlin is a fantastic city to explore new artworks and to get inspired.
Here are a couple of our recommendations of places to visit:
Contemporary Fine Arts
Home to some of Berlin’s most popular contemporary art collections, the Contemporary Fine Arts (CFA) gallery is committed to showcasing cutting-edge art in all kinds of medias. The collection contains works from both German and international artists, their most notable masterpieces being from Jonathan Meese and Georg Baselitz. This gallery has built a reputation thanks to their discovery of new artists such as Daniel Richter and Peter Doig.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
A must-see for those who love contemporary art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art combines a program of workshops, talks and exhibitions with events, films and performances. The KW Institute labels itself as being a creative space rather than a gallery, where artists and art lovers can come together to create an inspirational and creative environment. The Berlin Biennale was launched here in 1996 and is now one of the most respected contemporary art exhibitions in Europe, a popular asset to this gallery.