It is perhaps Europe’s most famous techno club: the Berghain celebrates its 10th anniversary. For this birthday the legendary icon of Berlin-Friedrichshain’s nightlife presents itself with an exhibition by famous artists expressing their very personal relation to the club.
Even when in 2004 the Berghain opened in an unoccupied old power plant it was anything but normal. For it started as a spin-off from the famous techno shanty “Ostgut”, which had to give way to the new O2-world in 2003, it became the center of Berlin’s techno scene overnight. During the ten years since the first parties Berghain has developed a lot and is today more than “just” a night club. Concerts and art projects, film shootings, and even ballet performances have happened here. The name is famous all over the world and serves as a symbol for Berlin’s hard, unique nightlife, which starts at Berghain Friday night and doesn’t stop between Saturday and Monday morning.
In December will bet the 10th anniversary of Berghain’s opening, already since Thursday the party people’s place of pilgrimage sets up an artistic monument itselve, albeit only temporary. On the exhibition grounds “Halle am Berghain” nine artists with a special relation to the club present works that were made for this very occasion. There will be photography, paintings, installations and sculptures from, about, and for the club. Many of the numerous legends entwining the techno temple will be reflected in the works; some are of course by bouncer and photographer Sven Marquardt, who has been an almost mythical character in the capital’s nightlife. This is exciting in particular since normally there is a ban on images in Berghain: taking pictures is prohibited inside the club. Cause what happens in Berghain, stays in Berghain – and that counts now for the exhibition with the suitable name “10” as well.
The art exhibition can be visited daily except Monday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. up to August 31st. It should be easier to get in than at the “real” Berghain, you should only bring the 5 € entry fee. From Industriepalast Hostel it is only a comfortable 10 minute walk, so what are you waiting for!? And Saturday night you can then try to get into the techno temple yourselfs.
Enjoy the exhibition,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.