Stattmarkt Berlin – An Alternative Christmas Market

Spray Cans from I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Berlin has a plethora of Christmas Markets (Weihnachtsmärkte) but one market this month offers an alternative to the usual glut of Glühwein stands, Crépes sellers and Christmas gift stalls – so if you’ve had a kitsch overload head to Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

The Stattbad is a former public baths (Stadtbad) and the Stattmarkt makes clever use of the building’s past – the tiled walls lend themselves to making the most of colourful artwork and there is a light installation by Markus May and Moritz Arnold in the deep end of the pool.

Art by Doppledenk and Light Installation by Matkus May & Moritz Arnold at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Climbing the stairs from the ground floor to the first floor, with its balcony overlooking the pool, there is a particularly striking piece – I’m Colors, You Inkdians! by Mein Lieber Prost.

I'm Colors You Inkdians! - Art by Mein Lieber Prost at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Works by $askia (Saskia Hahn) and Emess also caught my eye.

All Seeing Monkey - Art by $askia at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Emess at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Still on the first floor, in what appears to be the former changing rooms, was a space curated by Open Walls Itinerant Gallery, who also exhibited at Stroke Urban Art Fair in the summer.

The gallery represents an impressive roster of artists including: Prost, YZ, BR1, Vermibus and ALIAS.

nsd 057 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

nsd 049, nsd 052, nsd 053 - Art by BR1 at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Painful Past and Bitter Swig - Art by Vermibus at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Lost By The Sea - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Descending the stairs, I couldn’t resist stopping to take a snap of a hairdryer, a remnant of the building’s past life.

A hairdryer at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

It was back on the ground floor that I found my favourite part of the exhibition.  Entering what seemed to be the bowels of the building, with uneven floors and exposed pipework, I encountered artworks and installations perfectly matched to their surroundings.

Postmodernist Deconstructionism - Art by Anton Unai at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Art by Unknown Artist at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Sitting - Art by ALIAS at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

And in my final room, I discovered my star of the show – KEN (aka Plotterroboter).  His installation, Behind The Mask, and accompanying paintings were all cleverly executed and artfully lit.

Crouch - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Behind The Mask - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

Emergency - Art by KEN (aka Plotterroboter) at Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding in Berlin

If I’ve failed to convince you to visit, check out this trailer by Markus Küpper, which ALIAS posted on his Facebook page and led to my visit:

So, this December in Berlin, make the most of the traditional Christmas Markets on offer but take some time to seek out the unusual at the Stattmarkt at Stattbad Wedding.

Location, Opening Times and Prices

Stattbad Wedding (Gerichtstrasse 65) – nearest station: S + U Wedding.

Fri 7 to Sun 9 December and Thu 13 to Sun 16 December: 1200 – 1900.

€5 (€3 concessions).

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