Berlin’s Berghain reopens to the public with a surreal sound exhibition

The legendary club is allowing 50 people in at a time (and no dancing)

After cancelling all events due to the coronavirus pandemic back in March, Berghain has reopened, but not as you know it. That is, the iconic Berlin club still isn’t catering to its usual clubbing crowd, but instead is hosting a new sound art installation, Eleven songs – Hall at Berghain.

A surreal soundscape incorporating city noises, murmuring, and helicopter blades, Eleven songs – Hall at Berghain (envisioned by the duo Tamtam: Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl) is housed inside, and specifically designed for, Berghain’s cavernous Kessel Hall.

“You listen, you experience, you can close your eyes or leave them open and follow the sound across the room,” says Carsten Seiffarth, Berlin-based curator and director of the sound art gallery Singuhr. “It's also about having an experience with this room and feeling emotions that go beyond just listening.”

To respect social distancing guidelines, only 50 people are allowed into the exhibition at a time (although, fortunately, visitors don’t have to worry about being allowed inside, since there’s no doorman). Unsurprisingly, there are already queues to get in.

Eleven songs – Hall at Berghain will remain at the superclub until August 2.