Is Kunsthaus Tacheles closing down?

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I've heard rumours about Kunsthaus Tacheles closing at the end of July. I really can't believe it! Does anyone have any more info about what's going on or if the rumours are even true?

I spoke with someone who works there a couple of months ago and she was telling me about problems they were having with the land around being bought by private investors but she was pretty confident that Tacheles would be safe...

I've read a couple of stories in German about some demos being organised to save it. Does anyone have any idea what the deal is with this - if they're really going to close it and why etc??

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The wikipedia entry certainly explains the background (unaffordable rent, being forced to leave, sorry forgotten the English word for this) and the parties involved.

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My friend who worked in the bar upstairs says yes:

Finally it is going to close.

But who knows when.

Still, I will believe it when I see it.

As it pulls in a lot of tourist income i think...

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Yes. Closure seems almost certain. The owners, HSH Nordbank, look to be wanting vacant possession within the next three weeks or so. Although Wowereit has publicly voiced support, whether that will amount to much is anyone's guess.

 

Perhaps all good things come to an end anyway. In contrast to earlier times, my last few visits there have left me thinking that Tacheles has become little more than a box to be ticked by the Easyjetters.

 

With the arts and the creative industries commanding such a significant share of the city's GDP (over 20% according to the Guardian's Berlin correspondent), it's hard to believe that the spirit will die but will be reincarnated in some other guise...I, for one, sincerely hope so.

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Greenface- they're turning it into a luxury hotel, so now you can have over-commercialised tourism without all those nasty smells! Hooray for gentrification.

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Things do change, but not nessecarily for the better.

 

Yes it is/was a tourist trap, but then it is/was also BERLIN. Probably far more so than the Best Western or whatever it's destined to become.

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Not to mention the fact that they've opened at least 6 new hotels within a km of Tacheles in the past year.

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They're still there, I was there last week. Alexander Rodin has an amazing exhibition on the fourth floor that's well worth seeing.

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Greenface- they're turning it into a luxury hotel, so now you can have over-commercialised tourism without all those nasty smells! Hooray for gentrification.

 

Oh please. As if Tacheles itself was not a beachhead of "gentrification".

 

It's hilarious when the "creative"/"artistic"/"something to do with media" types get steamrolled by a process they themselves play an integral role in, apparently completely unaware of it. Can people really be that clueless?

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Won't be long now, methinks. The two clubs on the groundfloor are shuttered. I know a lot of the artist there personally and the concensus is, game over dudes, probably in a matter of days, if not already. A great place in some ways, but marred by all the aggressive sleazy rip off drug dealers and other creepy folks taking advantage of its permanently open status. Life goes on.

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Meh. The demise of Tacheles is the end of an institution, but it's not like it could have stuck around forever, given its location. The days when it was possibly to find a spot dirt-cheap in Berlin because there was so much extra real estate capacity are basically over. There will still repurposed spaces for art and partying, like Berghain and Homebase, but they WILL have to have the money to justify their use of the space. If you want a place that captures the appeal of Berlin of a decade ago, try Eastern Europe.

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If you want a place that captures the appeal of Berlin of a decade ago, try Eastern Europe.

 

I AM trying. Still can't find it, though...

 

RIP Tacheles.

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I AM trying. Still can't find it, though...

 

RIP Tacheles.

 

I was in Budapest last week. I don't know about the art scene, because I wasn't there long enough to check things out, but I went to several apartment buildings hastily converted into eclectic multi-level bar/lounge/dance clubs. Szimpla, Instant, Morrison's, Shipyard Island...

 

The general consensus among my colleagues was, "more Berlin than Berlin" (although others have disagreed).

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I was in Budapest last week. I don't know about the art scene, because I wasn't there long enough to check things out, but I went to several apartment buildings hastily converted into eclectic multi-level bar/lounge/dance clubs. Szimpla, Instant, Morrison's, Shipyard Island...

 

The general consensus among my colleagues was, "more Berlin than Berlin" (although others have disagreed).

A mix of Berlin in the early naughties and the early forties, then. I don't think Budapest is going to be anything like Berlin since reunification any time soon. There's more to life than posing in shabby bars...

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Too bad most of the art in Tacheles was bullshit anyway. The "street art" shop there was horrid, and 90% of the rest of it never changed over the course of time. In other words a tourist trap that propped up the 'poor but sexy' theme for tourists. I stopped thinking of it as an "institution" a long time ago.

 

And yes being harangued by drug pushers didn't add anything to it's mystique.

 

I found Belgrade to be quite appealing in an edgy kind of way. The younger people there are very alive and despite poverty they are proud of their city. There's a lot of positive energy and they love to party. But it's not so open to foreigners to move there. From what I gathered the Serbs sort of just want to be left alone by the outside world. That's cool with me, though I will like to visit Belgrade again.

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