Berlin’s Best Art Spaces: Charlottenburg

Whether you are a tourist or long term resident , you may be familiar with our ‘Berlin's Best Art Spaces’ guides: we already took you to the coolest places in Auguststraße, Neukölln, Karl-Marx-Allee, Skalitzer Straße, Mehringdamm and Kurfürstenstraße. Now we are heading to the west side of Tiergarten to see what is beyond the Schloss.

Nächste Station: Zoologischer Garten

Ok, lets not completely forget about the zoo, but our first destination is right in between a U-bahn/S-bahn station and the UdK, one of the most important art universities in Berlin. C/O Gallery was once featured in our Auguststraße tour, where it had been located (until March 2013) at the Postfuhramt building in Mitte.


This exhibition center for photography has moved to the historical building Amerika Haus and is passing through a transition phase due to the space renovation. The re-opening is not expected until spring 2014, but in the meantime they will be organizing open-air exhibitions in front of their new home. These shows will be free of charge and available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. ​

BAPs writer Bel Borst knocks in vain on C/O Berlin's door. Photo: Chris Phillips

Moving forward, we take you to Galerie Springer. Founded in the early 90s in Frankfurt (Main), you will now find the gallery at Fasanenstraße – right next to the S-bahn line. The building was made for artists in the 19th Century and it seems to have never lost its popularity in the field. From their exhibitions you can expect artworks in several kinds of media – varying from paintings, sculptures, video and photography. Their friendly staff recommends a stop at Paris Bar, just around the corner at Kantstraße.

Galerie Springer's building was built for artists in the 19th century. Photo: Chris Phillips

A few meters away from Paris Bar, we suggest another photography-specialized gallery. Camera Work is in the back of a beautiful garden. Once inside you may come across images taken by icons such as Helmut Newton or Man Ray. Not only the ones behind the camera, you may also recognize the celebrities in their portraits.

The art enthusiast Julius Kokoschka visiting a past exhibition at Camera Work. Photo: Chris Phillips

Differing from the first galleries in our tour, don’t be intimidated by its doorbell and take some time to visit Galerie Michael Haas. Their shows are as beautiful as their catalogues: don’t be surprised to see big names such as Giacometti, Miró or Le Corbusier exhibited along with contemporary artists. If the weather is good, their garden incorporates a sculpture by the French artist Bernar Venet that's definitely worth a look! Among so many traditional pieces, you may want to consider the gallerist's dinner suggestion: the traditional restaurant Lutter & Wegner, open since 1811.

The gallerist Michael Haas and the artwork by Anselm Reyle. Photo: Chris Phillips

You are probably tired at this point, but save some energy for Galerie Michael Schultz. Established in 1986, they are proud of discovering and promoting young artists (although Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol have been featured in their past programs). Between 2006 and 2007, the gallerist Michael Schultz opened new branches in Seoul and Beijing, extending their program to the Asian market and showcasing their promises to Berlin. 

Galerie Schultz's current exhibition "Kim Sang-Yeon - Disentanglement". Photo: Chris Phillips

We’ve reached the end of our Charlottenburg gallery tour but if you are still open for suggestions, we shall remind you that this is the area of both the Museum für Fotografie and Deutsche Oper. More to the north, you will also find surrealistic art at the Museum Scharf-Gerstenberg and Art Nouveau and Art Deco at the Bröhan Museum. Being there, you may also amuse yourself at the Schloss Charlottenburg and the beautiful landscape surrounding it. Enjoy!​

Article by Bel Borst