In Berlin, a street art show before it’s ‘game over’ for site

From an image of Hulk who suddenly leaps over your head to a painting that changes its colours, one Berlin street art exhibition offers visitors a chance to experience paintings in 3D.



Works like 'Imagine You Could See All the Colours' by Berlin-based illustrator and street artist Herr von Bias are enhanced with augmented reality


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Works like ‘Imagine You Could See All the Colours’ by Berlin-based illustrator and street artist Herr von Bias are enhanced with augmented reality



Many works are inspired by videogames, like this one from the 'Drink and Draw Berlin' art collective


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Many works are inspired by videogames, like this one from the ‘Drink and Draw Berlin’ art collective

Called “Game Over”, the exhibition inspired by videogames is housed in a former casino stretching over 2,000 square metres (21,500 square feet) which is due to be torn down.

Eighty artists are showcasing their work here, with a dedicated app enhancing the experience.

“After all these dry months with the coronavirus and this, yes, dark world, we have finally created a bit of colour, not only in our lives, but hopefully also in the lives of the visitors and admirers,” said Joern Reiners, a member of art group The Dixons and one of the curators of the exhibition.



A visitor holds up a tablet featuring digital enhancements by VR4content in front of a portrait by German artist Anne Bengard


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A visitor holds up a tablet featuring digital enhancements by VR4content in front of a portrait by German artist Anne Bengard

“We try to bring together the right artists who will continue to develop and evolve creatively and ultimately create completely new layers and processes here.”

The Dixons organised a similar pop-up exhibition in 2017, with artists plastering the walls of an old bank with their paintings before the demolition crew moved in.



Berlin artists transform casino into urban art exhibition


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Berlin artists transform casino into urban art exhibition

This time the works stand out against a minimalist background.

Berlin artists transform casino into urban art exhibition

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But the special app allows visitors to point their phones at the images to discover what lies beyond the analogue painting.

For painter Gita Kurdpoor, the show “which we have created here, together, is like a bit of a school trip feeling.”

Berlin is a hub for urban culture and its particularly vibrant street art scene has left its mark on many of the capital’s facades.

Tours are organised regularly for visitors to check out the most iconic images.

Most famously, the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is covered with murals, first painted in 1990 and later restored.

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