Once the headquarters of the former SED-government’s Department of Transportation (and before that a liqueur factory), a canteen kitchen, bar, bowling alley and a sauna remain as reminders of its days as an undercover, high profile hub. The characteristic pastels of mid-century German utility, brass-framed windows, deco light fixtures and industrial infrastructure provide a unique backdrop for the minimal, high concept installations. Our favorite: an abandoned service station covered in pale green tiles turned open-air gallery. Two fake, bright pink roses stick symbolically out of what used to be a gasoline pump. A dusty black presidential limousine is parked nearby.
A canvas frozen in time, overgrown with plant life, layered with modern interpretation, Fahrbereitschaft has to be one of the more remarkable places to experience conceptual art in the world. Bald Eagle is open through November 16th, by appointment. Visit their website to schedule a tour.
How to get to the Sammlung Haubrok: Fahrbereitschaft, Herzbergstrasse 40-43, 10365 Berlin, Germany.
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Photography and Text: Claire Cottrell