Slide Show: Berlin’s Tacheles Gallery Hoping to Avoid Extinction

BY Tom LeGro  August 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM EDT

CLICK HERE FOR SLIDE SHOWFormed as a squat by artists shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Tacheles Gallery in Berlin provides studio and exhibition space for artists, while also remaining freely open to the public.

The building, once a six-floor department store, houses 30 artist studios and galleries, a theater, bars and clubs, and is a major tourist attraction. The artists, who were originally seeking to save the building from demolition, are now being threatened with eviction because the new owner wants to develop the site. An auction will take place in the next few days.

Read this report via Deutsche Welle and watch a slide show (above) of the gallery.