In mid-February 1990, a group of East Berlin artists began occupying the decaying floors of the former passage connecting Oranienburger Strasse to Friedrich Strasse. Soon joined by artists from West Berlin, the group began planning a “multi-cultural meeting place” to serve as an unkonventionellen künstlerischen Experimentier und Veranstaltungsortes” in the heart of Berlin-Mitte. When the group took over the building, all but the front façade was already torn down. The city planned to tear down the remaining piece in April. To improve their ability to negotiate for the space, the group formed an association and started working with local officials on a contract for use of the building. Tacheles members painted the building exterior and hung banners to declare their intent to stay in the building and encourage those remaining in the neighborhood to take notice of their project.
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