About the Museum
Where once the leaders of the communist sed regime were wined and dined at banquets and official state functions, today, a creative and innovative community of artists, artisans and workshops is flourishing without peer in berlin. Situated approx. 5 km from the alexanderplatz in berlin-lichtenberg, the FAHRBEREITSCHAFT seems inconspicuous at first glance: it consists of classical gdr-buildings, garages and auto paint shop advertisements. Apart from mitte and friedrichshain, a typical image of east berlin. But in spite of what the drab industrial area near the vietnamese dong xuan centre would have you believe, the 193,000 sqft former gdr-ministerial transport hq has a lot to offer. Alongside the former garages, which have almost all been rebuilt to attractive, light filled studios and ateliers, 13 further historical buildings are being upgraded to modern technological standards while maintaining respect for historical significance and details that they have to offer. The highlights are the well maintained petrol station dating from the 1950s, the casino including an authentic bar, the ballroom, the bowling alley (with an equally authentic bar) and the wonderfully glazed operations hq. With its ample gdr-ambience the FAHRBEREITSCHAFT provides a unique setting for events and film- and photo shootings, as seen in Wladimir Kaminer’s “russendisko”, the ard-production “weissensee”, arte’s “durch die nacht mit” as well as during numerous private and corporate events.
The location will continue developing as a unique and creative hub. FAHRBEREITSCHAFT still is home to an auto paint shop and two workshops, a tire dealership and the worker’s samaritan union, but now also boasts various fashion producers. More and more contemporary artists have been settling here as well.
The FAHRBEREITSCHAFT is one of Berlin’s most exciting projects due to the interplay of past and present, the inspiring surroundings and the special mix of tenants, of whom each one brings a unique and positive development of the area.
(Photo: Ludgar Paffrath)