Berlin and its surrounding area are known for their abandoned places, which sometimes exude a very macabre atmosphere. One building steeped in history is the former district court prison in Berlin-Köpenick, which was built at the end of the 19th century. The building became famous for the brutal torture of Jews, communists and other "enemies of the state" by the National Socialists during the Blood Week in June 1933. In the GDR, the building was turned into a youth prison and later into a costume centre for the state television.
A large part of the complex has since fallen into disrepair. Fortunately, the building can be rented and used for artistic purposes. At the end of May, a pop-up producers' gallery will open its doors within these walls for a fortnight. The vernissage will take place on 23.5.24 at 18:00.
The artists Susanna Gyalokay, Volker März, Ali Johannes Uelker and Karin Stumpf are jointly organising a multifaceted exhibition entitled AR(T)REST. In addition to their own works, the empty cells will be used by other artists to bring them back to life with contemporary art. The prison is the ideal canvas to make a wide variety of works shine. The focus is on international art.
The cells are relatively small (approx. 70x350x312cm). Most of them are empty, some still contain an old wooden bed. All walls and surfaces are free and offer space for a wide variety of positions.
The exhibition opens:
- Thursday 23.5 18:00 - Vernissage
- Fr 24.5- So 26.5 16:00-20:00
- Thursday 30.5- Sa 1.6 16:00-20:00
- Sunday 2.6 18:00 - Finissage