This historic brick building in Rollbergkiez was once considered the most beautiful brewery in Europe. Today, artists exhibit their work in the KINDL industrial complex among the brewhouse, boiler and machine house.
The building complex, built in the 1920s in the New Objectivity style, is worth a visit for its impressive architecture alone. The site has been carefully restored to its former glory.
The renovation deliberately preserved the traces and personality of the past. The airy, 20-meter-high boiler house forms the heart of the complex - in the past, internationally sought-after artists such as Haegue Yang have had the opportunity to use the space for solo presentations of their own work. The three floors of the former machine house, which are reserved for contemporary art of all media, offer enough space for group shows.
A new feature is the focus on media art, which Kathrin Becker brought with her when she became artistic director at KINDL in 2020. An expert in video art, Becker established the M1 VideoSpace, which specializes in single-channel videos, shortly after her arrival. Becker, who headed the Videoforum at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) for almost 20 years, knows a thing or two about video installations. At KINDL, the work of video artists plays a leading role.
With their programming, Becker and her team don’t only confront pressing issues of our globalized present – what happens on their own doorstep is equally important to them. So it's not just art-loving tourists who come to visit. The KINDL offers public outreach work, collaborates with local schools to host education workshops and regularly participates in festivals such as "48 Stunden Neukölln".
You can pay a lively tribute to the KINDL site's brewing history at Café Babette, which serves quiches, cocktails and, of course, beer among giant copper vats. If you want to get a feel for the diverse mix that comes together at KINDL, be sure to make a trip to the beer garden, Babette's Garden, in the summer. Here, you can drink the Rollberg beer that is still traditionally brewed on site. Under the shady plane trees of the modern beer garden, KINDL becomes the perfect neighborhood place to dream about the future together.
The meter-high, glass facade makes Galerie Wedding look like an ever expansive window display: under the direction of Danish-born Solvej Helweg Ovesen, this gallery not only exhibits art, but dissolves the boundary between inside and outside, everyday life in the neighborhood and the art of the world.