Not Any Longer – Tacheles Art Squat Closes for Good

by jonnywhitlam

HOW LONG IS NOW is the question and the statement on the side of Berlin’s most famous [former] artists’ squat, Tacheles. Over the past 22 years Tacheles has made it into the guidebooks, it’s changed from a squat to an artist’s haven, to a place that hosts bars and even a cinema. Over the past year or so it’s been a fairly maligned place. Faced with legal battles, the loss thereof, and the loss of the final appeals the final proponents of Tacheles were evicted at 8am this morning.

I arrived at ~8.30 on my way to work to see what was going on, and I have to say it wasn’t that much. It seems like the Berliners (myself included, sadly) have already given up on Tacheles. It might look like there were a lot of people here, but even the police were expecting more of a fanfare – I walked past their reserve units taking a nap next to Monbijou park just down the road.

The remaining artists are supposedly moving to The Cube in Neukölln, and whilst it’s great that the spirit of the artists isn’t dead, it’s hardly the same location. Tacheles’ position on Oranienburger Str. just next to Friedrichstr. meant that it was only a stone’s throw from the touristy centre of Berlin, it’s 20 minutes from the Brandenburg Gate – the Gate is the most visited site in this, Europe’s 3rd most visited city!

So today Berlin loses an icon, despite criticisms of Tacheles (some of them my own) I’m sad to see it go.

The photos are from this morning’s eviction.