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We show you Berlin's Art & Architecture off the beaten track

We believe Berlin's creative energy can best be explored in its niches. Be it unconventional art spaces or inventive architecture, it’s our passion to explore the uncommon perspectives of our city and we want to share it.

NICHE Berlin offers private personalized art and architecture tours that will get you there. In an authentic Berlin experience, we will show you the city's hard-to-find, innovative architecture gems and experimental, emerging art spaces.

Want to comprehend Berlin's latest artistic tendencies, discover its newest hot spots or meet the people behind the scenes? Look no further.

Art
in Berlin

Berlin has much more to offer than the well-advertised museums and reputable galleries. Artists initiatives, non-commercial art spaces and unusual galleries with inventive approaches make Berlin such a special art metropolis.

NICHE Berlin offers private guided tours to these unconventional locations. It showcases art that has yet to be discovered and elucidates its context.

Architecture
in Berlin

Berlin's architectural landscape is made up of much more than historical buildings and profit driven construction projects. The creative re-usage of existing structures and vacant spaces leads to an astonishing and intelligent mix of architecture that makes the city so distinctive.

NICHE Berlin puts together individual viewings to the most fascinating architectural projects and explores their histories and contexts.

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Our Services

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Academic
& Corporate Tours

We offer individual arrangements for corporate clients or student groups. We offer a complete service package including:

  • Individually planned tours ranging from half-day to several days for groups of up to 150 people
  • organization of transport
  • selection and booking of restaurants & further recommendations for your stay in Berlin
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Private Tours

Get personal insights into what currently happens in Berlin's niches. Tell us what you are especially interested in and we will develop a customized tour – just for you and your friends. You will meet some of the protagonists of the art & architecture scene.

We can guide you in English, deutsch, français, italiano or español.

Duration 2 – 2:30h
Capacity 1 – 6 pax
Starting from
250€ per Tour
Gift voucher available
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Expertise
& Consulting

We offer our unique expertise to institutions, companies, publishing houses but also collectors seeking insights in Berlin's contemporary art scene or architectural landscape. You can book us as speakers or advisers for conferences and conventions, publications, construction projects, exhibitions projects or art acquisitions.

Some of our expertise projects:

  • Zeit Online

    Berlin Culture Blog "Filter"

  • Allied Museum Berlin

    Talk "Field Station Berlin, Teufelsberg – Documentation of a potential architectural monument"

  • Node Curatorial Center

    Talk: "Introduction to Berlin’s art scene"


  • Nokia

    Virtual Tour "GDR Architecture"

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About us

Since May 2009 NICHE Art and Architecture Tours has been opening up new Berlin perspectives for art and architecture lovers from all over the world NICHE Berlin is the brainchild of Katharina Beckmann (heritage conservation & architecture), Stefanie Gerke & Nele Heinevetter (both art history).

If you would like to work with us as a guide, please check our Facebook page for openings or just send us your CV.

Today Niche Berlin employs a multidisciplinary team of art historians, architects, heritage conservators and artists:

  • Hannah Hallermann
  • Christina Landbrecht
  • Franziska Solte
  • Sandra Teitge

News

If you have pictures of a NICHE Tour we would love to post them! Please send them to contact@nicheberlin.de

    brief note on a comprehensive show

    Hurry up! You have one more day to see One step ahead, moving backwards at LEAP. It’s an inspiring group show curated by km temporär's curators Lennart Wolff and Elisa R. Linn especially if one takes into account that LEAP does not only focus on digital media arts but also performance based formats.  Fabio Marco Pirovino, Drawing (Scribble) VIII, 2014, Luca Pozzi, Wall String #8, 2013 & Tina Kohlmann, Mattak, 2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 As the title indicates the leitmotiv is the perception of temporality, more particular time embodied in the artwork and it’s underlying gesture. The result is surprising compilation of 12 distinctive artistic approaches dealing directly or indirectly with time in reaction to the acceleration of social life and market dynamics. (We would have never expected to discover rice-houses by Wolfgang Laib at LEAP!) Tiril Hasselknippe, 29 Palms (earth grid) 1-5, 2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 Wether films, sculptures, installations or paintings, the exhibits couldn’t be more different from each other. But of course we have some favorite discoveries. some »traditional« such as Tina Kohlmann’s abstract hand-made rug Mattak (2014), which entailed one month of work, or Tiril Hasselknippe’s rigid yet fragile sculptures, for which she retreated to the desert to pour the plastic/sand objects; some technically more complex like Adriana Ramis e-book The Return Trip is Never the Same (After Trajets de Fourmis et Retours au Nid by Victor Cornetz), whichcontains texts she created from redrawing the pathways of ants onto the Android Swype keyboard in every available language.  Adriana Ramić, The Return Trip is Never the Same (After Trajets de Fourmis et Retours au  Nid by Victor Cornetz),2014, Copyright IG Photography, 2014 The role of language and communication is the other, important motive of this show that reflects on the process of curating itself: One step ahead, moving backwards results from a months-long conversation Elisa and Lennart had with curator Hicham Khalidi where they start from the idea, that the gesture is the first obvious narrative and indicator of time, to then get wrapped up in discussions full of misunderstandings, detours and interesting conclusions. A 14-page documentation is available on-site and is by itself a good reason to go and see the show! One step ahead moving backwards runs till tonight, November 22nd atLEAPLeipziger Str 6310117 Berlin

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    Niche has settled down – "Jetzt und in der Stunde"

    Niche has settled down – "Jetzt und in der Stunde"

    Last Thursday we finally moved into our extraordinary new work space “Hinter den Vögeln” at St. Elisabeth Kirchhof 2 in Wedding. More importantly, we inaugurated it with the double-show Jetzt und in der Stunde by two of our favorite artists Alicja Kwade and Gregor Hildebrandt. Both are alert observers of quotidian and cultural phenomena, creating beautiful objects and images of outstanding formal clarity – no matter how different their oeuvre may be. Alicja Kwade is known for questioning our concepts of time, (outer-)space, world and reality and often transfers physical laws onto different materials or shifts the common imagery of familiar objects through new compositions. Gregor Hildebrandt creates abstract paintings and installations, whose serenity contrasts with their personal references. Both artists chose four artworks referring to the themes time and self-reflection, ranging from very early to current pieces. The two (black) starting points of their formal dialogue are Lucy (2004-2006) by Alicja Kwade, an oversized diamond made of carbon and the installation auch ich bin zwischen den Häfen (1997) by Gregor Hildebrandt consisting of an urn-like ceramic which he found and painted, and a book on a wooden table. Attentive observers will find the table again: In Alicja Kwades photograph Im Halbkreis (2007) and Gregor Hildebrandt’s cassette-tape-painting “Die Oberfläche des Tisches (Tabula Rasa, Arvo Pärt-Cantus in Memoriam of Benjamin Britten)" (2010). Such direct meeting points in their oeuvre are rare exceptions, and if they exist, it’s by chance and because of their private relation. They do at times use similar motives though, like reflections: Alicja und Ich (2011) by Gregor Hildebrandt is a photograph of their portrait reflected in a marble slab. Alicja Kwade’s Watch (Kienzle) (2009) is a mirrored mechanical wall clock. The beholder hears the ticking clock, but only sees himself in his surrounding – and what time does to him and the world “now and at the hour”. Come by and explore the rest of the show. We’ll be here on Saturdays in October from 2-7 pm – and by appointment. Alicja Kwade & Gregor Hildebrandt Jetzt und in der Stunde Hinter den Vögeln Niche Berlin St. Elisabeth-Kirchhof 2 Wollankstrasse 66 13359 Berlin

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    Our recommendations for abc art berlin contemporary 2014: Yorgos Sapountzis

    Our recommendations for abc art berlin contemporary 2014: Yorgos Sapountzis

    Just like last year, we are doing the official tours on the grounds of the 2014 edition of abc art berlin contemporary. And just like last year, we are giving you sneak previews of what you might be able to discover on those tours. (As always, we focus on artworks that might gain a lot with some extra explanations…) And so, we recommend: Yorgos Sapountzis’ contemporary antiqueness Sapountzis’ installation for Galerie Barbara Gross will invite you to sit at a large round dinner table. Instead of fancy food servings, he will have dished up the remains of a performance he did last year in Bristol: Between shreds of fabric and sheets of aluminum, plaster casts of sculptures in Bristol’s public space will pair up with sealed jars of pickled vegetables. Oh yeah? We have seen Yorgos Sapountzis’ work a couple of times already: at Based in Berlin, at Bortolozzi Gallery, during an art walk through a University… and still we cannot pretend that we completely grasp what he is doing. But that makes us even more excited to experience his work again. At best, one could perhaps call it a contemporary take on antique sculptures and drama. In his performances, the greek artist (*1976, Athens, lives and works in Athens and Berlin) uses handy materials to veil and unveil sculptures in public spaces, take quick plaster casts of them and stage ritualized processions that always involve the spectators. It’s a  funky melange of high and low art. Bon appetit! Picture: Yorgos Sapountzis, The Protagonists, 2013, installation view, Arnolfini, Bristol, 2013, courtesy the artist and Barbara Gross Galerie 

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    ART WEEK PARTNER 2014 – Part I IMPORT PROJECTS

    Curatorial initiative Import Projects is definitely a big favorite of ours. It is run by Nadim Samman, currently curator at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary and Anja Henckel – who, by the way, is also part of the Niche team. We admire their surprising curatorial choices and their accessible approach to art which deals with our networked era. Fortunately the Art Week jury shared our sympathy and made them one of this year’s official partners. For logistic reasons we could not include them in our public Art Week Tours, on Saturday in Kreuzberg and on Sunday in Mitte. But we asked them to give you good reasons not to miss their current show Marguerite Humeau HORIZONS. Why are you showing Marguerite Humeau at Import Projects during Berlin Art Week? Marguerite Humeau is a forward thinking artist whose work combines technical innovation with a rigorous conceptual approach. What marks her out from many of her peers is the way she balances intellectual and scientific subject matter with a sense of the fantastic. She was trained as a designer but, rather than creating objects or products to satisfy a brief, her works have a speculative character that is surprising and unlikely. Her art borrows from the tropes of science fiction in order to create new realities. We first came across her work at her MA show at the Royal College of Art (London) in 2011 - where one of her pieces was acquired immediately by the MoMA (NYC). Since then Marguerite’s work has appeared at the Hayward Gallery, the Palais du Tokyo, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Despite this incredible trajectory, she has only ever had one previous solo exhibition (in Switzerland). As yet, she is also without gallery representation. This is, quite simply, an unusual set of credentials for a young artist. Taking this into account, and appreciating her work as we do, offering her a solo exhibition seemed like an urgent thing to do. Berlin won’t be disappointed! What’s important about this show? Marguerite is a young artist with a small body of work, but the projects that she has realised are extremely resolved. She has a very confident approach while developing series that straddle academic and scientific disciplines. Most importantly, her projects are interesting! We’re extremely proud to present works from her Opera for Prehistoric Creatures, in which she worked with archaeologists, biologists and scholars of language to produce sound-making sculptures that physically resuscitate the roars of extinct beasts. This undead chorus is accompanied by works from her series The Things?, a set of ‘design blockbusters’ for the extremophile organisms that live in the boiling waters surrounding Antarctica’s underwater volcanoes. The works from this series are outlandish (but functional) mechanisms for making communicative contact with such alien lifeforms. Angelic Organ, another work on show, reimagines an arcane musical technology for communicating with poltergeists. With this show Import Projects is presenting all of Humeau’s existing major works. This is Germany’s first introduction to Marguerite, but we will certainly be hearing a lot more from her. Import Projects Keithstrasse 10 10787 Berlin Thu-Sat 1-5 pm (until Oct. 11) There will be an Artist Talk with Marguerite Humeau on Sept. 18, 7pm.

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Review
& Press

„Madame-Redakteur Rüdiger von Naso und die Fotografin Silke Weinsheimer folgten Niche an Orte, an denen jungen Künstlern eine erste Chance gegeben wird, und zu einer Architektur, die man erst einmal entdecken muss. Und waren hingerissen von Charme, Intelligenz und (Insider-)Wissen der drei, die perfekt moderierten, auf jede Frage eine Antwort wussten und anregende Begegnungen ermöglichten. Spielerisch und mit Humor“
Madame (Juli 2010) "Lieber ein bißchen intimer"

niche art and architecture tours featured in madame magazine

„If you want to explore galleries like Cruise&Callas, Streetart in Kreuzberg, the Haubrok Collection on Strausberger Platz or the Arno Brandelhuber house, Niche's tours are tailored to fit your knowledge, schedule and special requests “
BMW Magazin (April 2012)

niche art and architecture tours featured in BMW magazine

„If you want to find your way around Berlin's ever growing landscape of off-spaces, alternative locations and architectural pecularities, Niche Art & Architecture Tours is for you.“
Sleek (Winter 2010/2011) "Berlin People"

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„Die Drei-Frauen-Firma Niche bietet Rundgänge durch Berliner Galerien an. Sogar auf Italienisch“
ZEITMagazin (Januar 2010) "Heiter bis Glücklich“

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„Stefanie Gerke, Nele Heinevetter and Katharina Beckmann had a winning idea when they started their art and architecture tours of Berlin.“
Lufthansa Magazin (Oktober 2010)

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„Die Berliner Kunstszene jenseits des Mainstreams steckt voller ungeborgener Schätze. Sie zu entdecken und die Begeisterung dafür zu teilen, darum geht es bei Niche.“
Zitty (Dezember 2009) "Pulsmesser"

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„Les trois jeunes Berlinoises de Niche proposent un tour à la découverte des endroits où sont exposés de jeunes artistes - encore - méconnus.“
Le Figaro Magazin (Mai 2011) "Berlin, arts majeurs"

„We just wanted to thank you for taking us on the tour yesterday, we both really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the DDR styles and architectural details thanks to your research and information.“
K. Sanderson


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Supporters

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Mary Scherpe, Stil in Berlin

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