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my 24-day adventure through europe was one for the books. this is the first of many entries about those travels. The Kunsthaus Tacheles is a major cultural center in Berlin, Germany. During my travels, i had the opportunity to visit Berlin on two separate occasions & the building was a highlight of both trips.
Established in 1990, the site has been home to many artists’ studios. However, the bank that owns the building is now trying to take it over again. Huge upset, really. On my second visit, i found out that the gruppe tacheles accepted a €1 million payout to leave. this includes about 80 people, comprising those that ran the cinema & bar, as well as other artists’ studios.
Despite only spending a few hours here, i immediately felt a connection to this place. i’ve fallen in love with people who are doing what makes them happy. i think my mindset about success has drastically changed. before it had something to do with college and careers and money and blah blah. I think now it’s more so just happiness.
Well, let me clarify that, a bit. If happiness to you in sitting around playing video games or laying in a tanning bed, i don’t think of that as success. But being proactive. yeah, that’s wonderful.
So, back to the kunsthaus tacheles. basically, it’s this massive building from the early 1900’s that is now filled with artists’ studios. everything in / on the building is artwork. Behind the building are more studios full of sculptures (AND a cafe with drinks!)
i feel like this place is what my brain resembles most days.
people doing what they love. i’m a fan.
The Tacheles building is still home to about 80 artists. On May 7th the remaining artists & supporters held an event to raise awareness and additional support to the cause. To tear down this establishment would be a HUGE loss to the city of Berlin.