The historic toilet facility at the Wildenbruchbrücke is a bizarre place with an extraordinary charm. In the summer of 2021, the facility was converted into an experimental cultural site that is unique in Berlin. The Kunstbrücke am Wildenbruch (art bridge) comprises four small exhibition rooms that are still reminiscent of the original use.
The outdoor area includes a large art wall, which is an eye-catcher from the opposite bank, as well as the old dock on the Neukölln shipping canal. In this – due to its location and history – unusual “place”, young Berlin artists and curators develop a wide variety of projects – from exhibitions to various events to actions in public spaces.
Berlins famous unusual art and cultural spaces are slowly disappearing. Events in such places are still very popular among young and old audience; artists long for spaces that provoke an engagement with them. The historic toilet facility at Wildenbruchbrücke is the ideal place to provide an answer to this. This uniquely “weird” place can inspire artists and visitors with its specific charisma in a completely different way than the usual white cube. Its spacious outdoor facilities provide an excellent stage for a wide variety of cultural events.
Since the redevelopment of the Weigandufer, the area has regained its function as a local recreation area, which it already had around hundred years ago: Then as now, people like to stroll along the leafy riverside promenade, play sports and enjoy nature on the benches in Wildenbruchpark. The Kunstbrücke complements this leisure offering with a cultural experience: the municipal art venue is accessible to everyone without admission fees.
Thus, the Kunstbrücke has the potential to become both a popular meeting place in the neighborhood and to attract attention as a special location throughout Berlin.