The phenomenon of Berlin as an art-scene magnet has gone so far as to warrant a whole exhibition devoted to the subject; and it is being held at one of the most prestigious contemporary art spaces in Copenhagen – the ARKEN Museum. In the show, a handful of artists with close ties to this magical German city present their impressions of Berlin – in a diverse range of mediums. Among the artists hailing from Denmark, Germany, France and New York, “Treffpunkt : Berlin” boasts such well-known Danish names as Elmgreen & Dragset, Jeppe Hein, Jacob Kirkegaard and Søren Lose, as well as the German photo-artist Wolfgang Tillmans – winner of the Turner Prize in 2000. One of the secrets behind Berlin's magnetism are the city's low rental prices, which is why the metropolis literally seethes with creative spirits assembled from throughout the world, who elsewhere could likely not afford to devote themselves solely to their muses. Klaus Wowereit, the mayor of Berlin, has captured this essence in his description of the city as “arm, aber sexy” (poor, but sexy) – which has also become the catchphrase of the exhibition.
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