Monday, January 24, 2011

From New York to Berlin

Berlin could become the victim of its own success. Robert Mapplethorpe, the late New York gay activist and photographer has an exhibit at Gallery C/O Berlin at Oranienburger Strasse, at the former Postfuhramt near Tucholskystrasse. C/O Berlin is showing all of his pictures, including the ones that have been censored by various galleries for being ... well, to gay, and too shocking. The exhibit will tun until March 31.

Oranienburger Strasse, an avenue that stretches from Hackescher Markt to Friedrichstrasse has, however,  turned into a tourist mile after 1990. Now an investors group has bought the Postfuhramt. They want to turn it into a hotel. At first, they had promised to C/O Berlin that they can stay, now it looks like they're out on the street. But why would tourists visit if the cultural places they are coming for are gone?

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