Art on Architecture

Radical theatre, striking art, bizarre fashion: Berlin is a magnet for creative people, and this is precisely why it is so popular among visitors. Travellers can experience this creativity as soon as they arrive at the airport. Six internationally acclaimed artists have pondered the theme of “air-land”, and each has created a work of art for Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

Gate X by Björn Melhus

Gate X
You'll search in vain in the terminal for Gate X by Björn Melhus. The only way to get there is to go to the internet. A laptop, smartphone or tablet PC will open the door to the virtual, parallel world of the airport. Step into it and you'll find yourself in a virtual castle in the air, populated by ghost-like inhabitants who bear a marked resemblance to the computer-generated standard family otherwise seen in the safety videos in aircraft. Gate X is the gateway to a virtual parallel world within the terminal.

Location: the virtual site

The artist: Björn Melhus, born in Kirchheim unter Teck in 1966, is a film and video artist. He has been a professor teaching at the Academy of Art in Kassel since 2003. Melhus lives and works in Berlin.

Open Sky Box by Takehito Koganezawa

Open Sky Box
Walk through the security checkpoint and continue on towards the Market Place and you'll pass the Open Sky Box by Takehito Koganezawa. This is a light box as high as the room, illuminated in random patterns of blue and white, which anticipates your flight in a completely abstract form.

Location: transit area between security checkpoint and Market Place

The artist: Takehito Koganezawa, born in Tokyo in 1974, works with video, sound and light. His works encompass performances, sculptures and drawings. He lives and works in Berlin.

GADGET by Olaf Nicolai

Another highlight can be seen in the outside area of the airport: an enormous string of red and white glass beads winds its way around the passenger bridge where the wide-body A380 docks. The beads appear to be a bracelet placed around the bridge and signal its use at any given moment: all of the activities, from idleness to active utilisation to take-off, are visualised by the variances in the frequency of the illumination.

Location: A380 passenger bridge

The artist: Olaf Nicolai, born in Halle/Saale in 1962, is a German concept artist who works with a broad range of diverse materials. He has been seen at almost all of the key sites for contemporary art and its manifestations since the beginning of the 1990s. Olaf Nicolai lives and works in Berlin.

Star Money Constellation by STOEBO

Star Money Collection
As they arrive at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, passengers are welcomed by a star money constellation of coins set into the floor. The temptation to bend down and gather them up is practically irresistible. The coins come from all around the world, representing a comprehensive collection of foreign lands, travel and flying.

Location: Arrivals, exit

The artists: STOEBO stands for the collaboration of the artists Cisca Bogman and Oliver Störmer. The Dutch media artist Cisca Bogman also works as a painter and graphic artist. Störmer is active as an artist, sculptor and art instructor.

Untitled by Matt Mullican

The walls of the staircases along the path from the underground BER railway station in the direction of Airport City have been filled with pictures and images created using a sand-blasting technique. The “Subject Pavilion” refers to flying, the sky and cosmology. The “Object Pavilion” includes direct reference to the Berlin-Brandenburg region.

Location: Plaza in the Airport City

The artist: Matt Mullican, born in California in 1951, is one of the most famous concept artists in the world. His work revolves around the perception of reality and fiction. He makes use of many varied media such as drawings, photography and video. He lives and works in Berlin.

The Magic Carpet by Pae White

Magic Carpet
Cast your eyes upward while waiting to check in for a rewarding sight: a large red carpet of woven metal shimmers through the air of the check-in area. The work of art is based on the motif of the flying carpet and the wealth of associations it prompts. Here in the airport, it acts as a membrane between the known and the unknown, reality and imagination, memory and hope.

Location: Suspended above the check-in area

The artist: Pae White, born in California in 1963, seeks inspiration for her art in architecture, handicrafts and design. Over the years, she has developed her very unique imagery in numerous projects with books and advertising, and she has incorporated their delicate character into her sculptures as well. Pae White lives and works in Los Angeles.