Robin Rhode. Photo credit: Nils Müller / Wertical
For the past couple of decades Berlin has become an international art world Mecca attracting more than 20,000 artists from around the world, including some of the biggest names in contemporary art: Tacita Dean, French artist Bernard Frize, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, and American artist Julie Mehretu have come to call Berlin an adopted home, and most recently Chinese political activist and sometime artist, Ai Weiwei spent time there too. The city is more of an art culture, than an art market, and is defined more by its creatives than auction houses or mega-gallerists. Berlin is to the visual arts world what Los Angeles is to the entertainment industry, and what finance and shopping is to Hong Kong. There isn’t a latte worth its organic almond milk that hasn’t been made by an aspiring artist. There isn’t a party conversation to be had that doesn’t involve the latest exhibition and art world gossip.