Monocolumn: Berlin’s Art Galleries Recalibrate
Between 2004 and 2008, the number of private commercial art venues in the city went from about 300 to 500.
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In the mid-noughties, art galleries sprouted in Berlin like wild mushrooms. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of private commercial art venues in the city went from about 300 to 500.
Then came the financial slump. Soon after September 2008’s crash, the first of about 30 galleries, some of them high-profile places such as Bodhi from India and Goff+Rosenthal from New York, closed up shop. In the interim most of the city’s mid-sized galleries, many of which emphasized content more than cash, seemed to be humming along. But now some of them, too, are sadly shutting their doors.