City Focus Berlin, Potsdamer Strasse

By Kimberly Bradley

Potsdamer Strasse at the intersection of Kurfürstenstrasse. Photo Andrea Stappert Courtyard in front of artist Douglas Gordon's studio. Photo Andrea Stappert Fashion shop Andreas Murkudis. Photo Andrea Stappert

Must art-driven gentrification always follow the same trajectory? The one in which artists colonise cheap spaces in an industrial area, gallerists follow, restaurants and bars arrive to keep everyone fed and happy, then people with more money ‘discover’ the place, chasing prices up and the artworld out – only to repeat the cycle elsewhere?In unified Berlin, it has long seemed so. I arrived too late to experience the first post-Wall art hub on Auguststrasse, but watched gallery migration occur under…

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