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

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

Formed 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.

Tacheles Gallery Formed as a squat by artists seeking to save the building from demolition in the 1990s, the Tacheles Gallery in Berlin provides studio and exhibition space for artists while remaining freely open to the public. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
Formed as a squat by artists seeking to save the building from demolition in the 1990s, the Tacheles Gallery in Berlin provides studio and exhibition space for artists while remaining freely open to the public. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery The Tacheles is threatened by closure because the new owner, HSH Nordbank, wants to evict the artists in order to develop the site. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
The Tacheles is threatened by closure because the new owner, HSH Nordbank, wants to evict the artists in order to develop the site. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery German artist Volker Witte draws in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery as visitors look at his work. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
German artist Volker Witte draws in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery as visitors look at his work. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery Israeli artist Yoel Herold paints in her studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
Israeli artist Yoel Herold paints in her studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery Japanese artist Nono We paints in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
Japanese artist Nono We paints in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery Iranian-born artist Resa Mashoodi stands in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
Iranian-born artist Resa Mashoodi stands in his studio at the Tacheles Gallery. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery A visitor walks by posters by artist Tim Roeloffs that are for sale at the Tacheles Gallery. The unique space is a major tourist attraction in Berlin. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Tacheles Gallery
A visitor walks by posters by artist Tim Roeloffs that are for sale at the Tacheles Gallery. The unique space is a major tourist attraction in Berlin. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

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