The Berlin-based property company manages approximately 110,000 flats in the capital. Many of its residential properties have firewalls that offer large, open surfaces. At the same time, artists who create works of urban art often have ideas but no surfaces on which to paint them. So, this is where the company and the urban art scene got together. In Kreuzberg, the urban art artist Tank has created a mural on a wall that was made available by Deutsche Wohnen for this purpose. The choice of artist was managed by Die Dixons from Berlin Art Bang e.V.. They are known, amongst other things, as the creators of the temporary art project The Haus and the Berlin Mural Festival.
Back in 2007, the Parisian artist Ash painted his Astronaut Cosmonaut in the wall of a building in Kreuzberg’s Oranienstraße. The wall had been made available by the housing corporation GSW, which has belonged to Deutsche Wohnen since 2013. The huge picture of an astronaut quickly became one of the best-known works of street art in Berlin. And it continues to fascinate today. With this new mural on the wall of a residential building in Manteuffelstraße, which is also in Kreuzberg, Deutsche Wohnen is continuing its support for modern, urban art. At the same time, what used to be a dull, featureless wall has been made appealing, with residents and passers-by being invited to experience a sense of both discovery and wonder. Moreover, there are now other walls belonging to Deutsche Wohnen that are being considered for street art.
A Beautiful Mind
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This liking for art and for supporting art has a long tradition at Deutsche Wohnen. In the 1920s, the Berlin-based GEHAG worked with the architect Bruno Taut, who originally came from the field of painting and was a member of the artists’ association, the Crystal Chain. In 1988, the GEHAG Forum was founded in his honour. Since then, the forum has been an important platform, presenting the richness and diversity of modern art to visitors, customers and employees several times a year.
Deutsche Wohnen has taken the same approach with this latest collaboration and is also contributing to the creation of a lively and varied neighbourhood culture in Berlin.
Deutsche Wohnen SE
Deutsche Wohnen is one of the leading publicly listed property companies in Germany and Europe with a business focus on managing and developing its portfolio, which consists mainly of residential properties. As at 30 June 2018, the portfolio comprised around 164,000 units in total, of which 162,500 were residential and 2,500 commercial. The company is listed in the Deutsche Börse’s MDAX and is also included in the leading indices EPRA/NAREIT, STOXX® Europe 600 and GPR 250.