THE HAUS: Abandoned Berlin Bank Turned Ephemeral Art Installation

It’s not the prettiest building in Berlin, and those who disdain modernist architecture probably won’t be sorry to hear that THE HAUS is set to be demolished in June. But in the meantime, the abandoned five-storey bank has been transformed into an urban art canvas for 165 street artists to showcase their work.

WebUrbanist reports that the unlikely installation was inspired by artists Kimo, Bolle and Jörni of Die Dixons collective, and incorporates the work of creative individuals from across the globe. The works include interactive exhibits, video projections, sculpture and geometric forms. Visitors can take a guided tour but the line may be two-hours-long.

THE HAUS website states: “Feel the freshest urban art gallery ever with a guided tour! 108 dope artworks are waiting to be seen, to be experienced and to be memorized by you. Every single piece is created by one of the 165 artists from Berlin and all over the world.”

WebUrbanist writes that “THE HAUS was once a bank on avenue Kurfürstendamm, but fell into disuse over the years… The artists, who range from Berlin locals to international activists, worked almost nonstop from mid-January through March 9th to complete the project.”

The site added: “The exhibit opened April 1st, and guided tours run almost all day long on Tuesdays through Sundays with a donation-based, pay-what-you-can system and a ‘no phones’ rule. “Look through your eyes and not through the screen of your phone,” the website urges. You can see each individual installation on THE HAUS website, and learn more about the artists who created them.”

Emphasising the community approach to THE HAUS, artists were put up in a hotel for free and Berliner Pilsner donated the all-important beer. The majority of the art supplies were donated by local businesses. Though the ephemeral installation is proving incredibly popular, none are the artworks within are reported to be for sale.

Those who fancy a tour of the abandoned Berlin bank are urged to venture over sooner rather than later. As the official website points out: “THE HAUS is created to be destroyed – in the end of May the gallery is going to close and the wrecking ball will follow.”

All images courtesy of THE HAUS website.



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