"When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Tacheles, a ruined building in East Berlin, was taken over by artists. It became a centre of artistic subculture. It has been put up for sale and the artists served with an eviction order, so they have begun a campaign to buy it.
Hundreds of artists and musicians from all over the world have worked at Tacheles, which will celebrate its 19th anniversary on 13 February with an exhibition of some of their best work. Visitors can wander in to watch the artists at work, and purchase artwork on sale.
The building's hallways are open to the public 24 hours a day and visitors are encouraged to leave their mark with graffiti on the wall. Linda Cerna, a spokeswoman, says Tacheles "is like a constantly changing art project" and estimates 300,000 people visit every year.
Located in Berlin’s commercial art gallery district, Mitte, Tacheles is the last remnant of its avant-garde past. Berlin’s alternative subculture now happens where rents are cheaper. The five-storey building has around 30 studios, which can be rented cheaply, but artists can also use Tacheles to exhibit and sell their work."
in "Cultural Keystone", BBC NEWS 13 Fevereiro 2009.
Foi por aqui que eu iniciei a minha aventura como Berliner, e tal como eu, acredito que muitos outros fazem o mesmo... por aqui respira-se liberdade de expressão. TACHELES é BERLIN, e BERLIN não será a mesma sem TACHELES... espero mesmo que não seja piadinha de mau gosto nesta sexta-feira dia 13...