You will find quite a few murals in Berlin – some tell a story, others add color and aesthetics to the area and other simply reflect an amazing art installation.
The Berlin street art scene is usually related to 1961, when the USSR erected the Berlin Wall, which separated East and West Germany for years. The symbolic significance of the wall, as a divisive and separating factor, led the city’s resident to express their opinions and frustrations on the city’s walls.
During the Cold War, the western side of the Berlin Wall was completely covered with murals, unlike the eastern side, which remained bare, as Eastern Berliners were not allowed close enough to paint. After the Wall fell in 1989, dozens of creations appeared on the eastern side as well. The different content on both sides of the Wall enabled the viewers to comprehend the historical and political changes in Europe by comparing the various themes described on both sides of the Wall.
Today, Berlin’s streets boast some of the world’s best and most famous street art creations. Street and graffiti artists from around the world utilize the city’s architecture, making it their own personal canvas and creating a unique and colorful landscape.
Urban Nation Museum
The photos in this part of the post were taken on the streets around the Urban Nation Museum in the Schonenberg neighborhood. Walking along the museum’s street (Bülowstraße) and on the roads crossing the neighborhood, will introduce you to the buildings and creations in this post.
The Urban Nation Museum of Contemporary Urban Art in Berlin was opened in 2017 and, since then, it has provided its visitors with insights on matters relating to history, culture and urban art in Germany. The museum is a unique platform for changing exhibitions aiming to introduce street art and culture and to invoke urban inspiration and creation.
The photos here were taken at Urban Spree – a multifaceted compound that merges multiple media on walls, fences and floors, enabling you to choose how to enjoy art. The Urban Spree concert hall is dedicated to a wide variety of live music, ranging from rock to advanced electronic music. The complex also hosts urban summer sessions with Berlin’s best street musicians (every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday in the Beer Garden).
Holzmarkt Street Art
The photos in this section were taken at Holzmarkt – a unique urban complex consisting of a hostel, artist workshops, workspaces for rent, cafés, bars and more. It is important to check the website or Facebook in advance to determine what is open when. If you are just coming to enjoy the street art and graffiti, it doesn’t really matter when you come (during opening hours). The spaces are open and all of the street art is displayed in the open. Some will enjoy just roaming around the complex and enjoying the works of international and local street artists.