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Is it worth moving to Berlin?


Is it worth moving to Berlin?

I love Berlin but should I move? What are the best and most accessible galleries? Where should I live? etc etc etc. Advice please

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Comment by nathan cordero on August 23, 2008 at 7:27
I have a friend who is from austria he said it was the place to be.
I asked him about austria he said 'Very hard to make as an artist'
Comment by Robert Tombs on July 7, 2008 at 13:57
Go to Berlin! It is a like a beautiful onion. Every extraordinary layer peeled away reveals another one underneath. Such history, art and ideas are rarely found in one place.
Comment by Christopher Gulick on May 21, 2008 at 4:32
I spent 3 superb weeks in Friedrichshain during my residency/ solo exhibit at Gallery24 in Nov-2006.
I may very well move there soon. Mitte is the Chelsea of Berlin and Berlin IS the center of the universe for the visual arts. I spend way to much time and enrgy on art periodicals and experts and neophytes agree on Berlin. I know artists that have moved there (from NYC and Miami) to be free to create, live and breathe.
OK, next would be NYC and London, BUT...as a midwestern American, I could very well call Berlin home. Same weather, basically as Kansas. Also, most of Kansas was settled by Dutch and German immigrants anyway, so it would be like going home. I love it and highly suggest the trip for ALL artists just for a short period nonetheless.
Comment by Galerie ARTAe Leipzig, Sabine Aichele-Elsner on April 23, 2008 at 15:29
Hello to the members of the Berlin-question,
I did my studies in history of art and philosophy in Berlin and it was great. Because I had a lot of contemporary fine art to see there. Every day there are more than 10 openings. The art scene is moving, living, discussing and really open. Most of the artists of my gallery work and live in Berlin. Added to the galleries there are great museums..so I think that Berlin is a very inspirative city and everybody should have been there.
Best, Sabine
Comment by mike hinc on April 19, 2008 at 16:12
I'm worried about
'Ich bin ein Berliner!'
Doesn't that translate as - "I am a doughnut"???
Ontology is a wonderful science and language a marvellous thing!
Comment by Miho Iwahashi on April 17, 2008 at 12:03
i remember that there was Berlin art scene fever 10 years ago, which i read on Japanese art magazines. maybe around the first Berlin biennale started.
lots of artists moved to Berlin from other countries.
i was thinking about moving and studying art in Berlin at that time... but i didn't. (i chose London to live a couple of years then.)

last summer i went to Berlin for the first time... only i stayed for 10 days, so i couldnt find what was going on Berlin art scene.

but i think much better than Japan as a artist survive!?
contemporary art is getting understandable here Japan, but ordinary people don't go to galleries, and dont buy artwork.

there are a few good commercial galleries in Tokyo, and if artists exhibit there, it would be promised to be a well known artist and be soled works at art market in the world.

im not the artist like... and i dont be a famous artist. just i want make works for living. (now i have a part time job for living.)
also i need a big studio... it is also a Japanese architecture problem.

i feel that looking at other countries in Europe or US on magazines, books, TV and internet are better than Japan for me.
it might be just my imagination by some dreamy info...

just i want to solve my problems...
if i want to exhibit at a gallery, i have to pay lots of rent money in Japan.
Comment by Lola Scarpitta on April 16, 2008 at 15:21
I would move to Berlin for the experience of working in an unfamiliar place. Sometimes that's good for your work and sometimes it's not. But the adventure of it all sounds interesting.
Comment by Nicholas Wright on April 16, 2008 at 11:50
erm well i went to berlin as part os a residency a couple of years ago its a great place. But from speaking to the artists their they all stated that it was extremely difficult (art market wise) at the time.
They simply told me it was an easy place to stay (cheap) which i can concur with! and that it had kudos as a place to say your from artist wise, but that they really could not get many galleries interested in home grown work.
they stated alot of them were actually shipping out work to london. Hence the reason why berlin suddenly was fashionable on the london art scene and that GOD awfull boring abstract painter (i forget her name on purpose) won the turner prize a couple of years ago.
Comment by mike hinc on April 16, 2008 at 10:28
I've often wondered myself but I loved leaving London and I'm a Londonder through and through - so I thought - Frying pan? Fire? and stayed wondering!

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