Of all the central districts in Berlin, Wedding is probably the district that I visit the least after Charlottenburg, and apart from Stattbad Wedding I knew little of what the district had to offer before stumbling upon the Kolonie Wedding initiative. Started in 2001, Kolonie Wedding is a monthly event offering a guided tour through Wedding’s Soldnier Kiez (neighborhood). Over several hours, you can visit various venues from a network of 26 different independent art spaces.
Finnish painter Tapio Lötjönen explaining his work to the group at Uhrwerk. Photo: Chris Phillips
Tapio Lötjönen standing proudly with his paintings based on music. Photo: Chris Phillips
Upon our arrival to the tour last Sunday afternoon (Kolony Wedding is held on the third Friday night and Sunday afternoon of the month), we were initially introduced to the project space Uhrwerk, which is currently presenting the work of Finnish painters Tapio Lötjönen and Ursula Kianto. The group was treated to a talk by aritst Tapio Lötjönen, which although delivered enthusiastically was admittedly a little hard to understand. Now would also be a good time to mention that the guide is usually in German, albeit with the odd offering of English. Although the tour was still understandable, a grasp of German would definitely enhance the experience.