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Berghain Sells off Famous Wall Mural to Make Room for Reconstruction

Berlin's notorious nightclub Berghain is making room for a little home improvement.

The legendary nightclub has recently sold of all of the panels to its massive 82-foot mural Rituals of Disappearance originally painted by muralist Piotr Nathan. Since the nightclub opened its doors in 2004, Rituals of Disappearance has been a longtime greeting for club goers experiencing the nightclub's infamous – and at times taboo – parties.

Each of the murals 171 panels casted on aluminum have been taken down and have all been quickly sold to fans and club aficionados across the globe. About the sale, Nathan had many words to share:

"Rituals Of Disappearance is only to be fully understood in the context of the music at the club, the people who celebrate there, and the unique aura of the space. To me it is therefore conclusive to dissolve the work and distribute it primarily among the people who have a connection with the Berghain..."
"I believe it is not too farfetched to describe this form of celebration as a ritual, a mystery in the sense of a cultic officiating, during which the innermost element remains a secret. In the context of the music and aura of Berghain, the terms cult and secret receive a nonverbal reading. The mural Rituals Of Disappearance provides the first visual impression, appearing as a gateway to the entrance area of the club. It is inviting to enter the mystical ambiguity, to marvel at the enigmatic nature and explore the secret behind this massive mural."


Berghain recently announced that that 13 year old club would be undergoing construction and will soon be opening up a new floor later this month called Saüle.


H/T: Resident Advisor

Photo credit: Christine Frenzl

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Devin Culham Staff Writer

Born and bred with the Detroit techno scene, I pledge my allegiance to the underground.

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