Mail from Berlin: St. Agnes

image-1  While most of NYU Berlin’s classes will be held at the Academic Center in the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg, classes in the arts and photography are taught at NYU Berlin’s second Academic Center at St. Agnes in Kreuzberg. In our large and sunny studio space, you will be able to realize ambitious projects, while the building also features two additional seminar rooms, a computer lab, and printing facilities for you to use. But of course, you will also be able to rely on the expertise of our St. Agnes staff, Katrin Dettmer and Karen Welsch.

katrinkarenKatrin is the Arts Coordinator for NYU Berlin and your guide to Berlin’s varied and exciting art scene. During the spring semester, she coordinates the Tisch Special Program, Stanislavsky, Brecht, and Beyond, which offers an integrated approach to actor training. But throughout the year, Katrin organizes theater visits as well as Q&As with actors, directors, and dramaturgs in Berlin, as she also teaches a class on 20th century German theater. At St. Agnes, Katrin is your point of contact for art projects and specifically the end of semester exhibition, which showcases student work from various art classes.

Karen is NYU Berlin St. Agnes Campus Coordinator and in this role her responsibilities include providing administrative, organizational and technical support for NYU Berlin faculty, staff, and students, coordinate classroom and space reservations for meetings, art exhibitions and other events, and to work closey with the facility manager to ensure the center is well maintained. Karen holds a MA degree in North American studies, English Literature and Marketing from Paderborn University. She has lived in and travelled to such wonderful places as Tanzania, Scotland and the United States and is looking forward to be part of the students’ Berlin experience.

image-3As you can see in the photographs, the entire complex is defined by its striking architecture. It was designed by German architect Werner Düttmann to originally house a Catholic Church. Built from 1964 to 1967, St. Agnes is still heralded as a hallmark of Brutalist architecture in Berlin. Over the years, the complex had fallen into disrepair. But in 2011, gallery owner Johann König acquired it and decided to reinvent the neglected heritage-listed space as a gallery and exciting cultural hub. After enlisting architect Arno Brandlhuber, König began a careful renovation and set about transforming the brute into a beauty.

The premises, which are very closely located to the Student Residence, now also host the beautiful, luminous König Gallery and a small café called ThemRoc. The film below will give you a wonderful first impression of our second site:

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