This is (not) a story from a time long ago
”As soon as the Berlin Wall opened, an artists activist group reclaimed the site as a cultural hub in the newly reunified city, taking it over..
..they chose the name Tacheles for its location in the former Jewish quarter, after a Yiddish word meaning ‘to reveal’ or ‘to bring to a close’..
..this project by the group, Künstlerinitative Tacheles (Artists Initiative Tacheles), spread so quickly that the city government adopted a policy of leniency and delayed demolition by declaring the site a historic landmark..
..artists signed a ten year lease in 1998 with owner Johannishof GmBH, but by the time it expired, ownership had been transferred to HSH Nordbank, extremely eager to remove the artists altogether..
..meanwhile, the building was painted in bright colors and held several sculptures using found objects . Tacheles held a cinema, performance space, workshops, and exhibition spaces..
About 400,000 tourists visited the site last year for a taste of the carefree past of Berlin, when artists flocked to former East Berlin for cheap rents and anything felt possible in the reunified city. ”
HINT:’the property stands on a site about three times the size of the one occupied by New York’s Empire State Building.’(that’s a clue!)
Kunsthaus Tacheles Gallery