1996, Berlin has overtaken Cologne as the nation's capital of both commercial
and underground art. Bringing the cutting edge to the deep cultural history
of the city, in a way a deja-vu of Berlin's dada years (only without the
radical political bite).
The shift from West to East gained initial momentum within the city itself
as young West Berlin galleries uprooted to reposition themselves around
the increasingly popular East Berlin art mile, Auguststrasse in Mitte.
Now the area boasts some of the highest rents in the city and sees some
of the trendiest artists, collectors and exhibitions in all of Germany.
Two major events helped focus world attention on art in Berlin: the annual
Art Forum fair for commercial art (started 1996) during the first week
of October, and the Berlin Biennale (started 1998).
In the past couple of years Auguststrasse has gotten way to crowded, and
expensive, prompting a whole group of hot galleries to relocate within
Mitte, a flew blocks south, to Zimmerstrasse around Check Point Charlie.
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