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Can't afford a Warhol? Borrow one instead

Borrow works of art by leading artists for free

Few of us can afford artworks by megastars such as Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter or Pablo Picasso, but if you can't buy, borrow them from the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein's 'Artothek'.

This little-known art lending library features many of the artworld's biggest names, ensuring that any Berlin resident can adorn their walls with some seriously impressive Kunst.

The process is simple: fill in a form or two, cover the 3 Euro insurance costs, and a beautiful work can be temporarily yours.

Of course, there's no guarantee you'll take home the most coveted pieces, but with a collection comprising over 4000 modern and contemporary works, there's bound to be a print, painting, photograph or sculpture you'll love (or, indeed, one that perfectly matches your sofa).

The NBK Artothek, Berlin, where residents can borrow art
The Kommunale Gallery, Berlin, which also includes an art lending library

And in the unlikely event that nothing catches your eye, the Kommunale Galerie in Hohenzollerndamm offers a similar art lending service. Highlights include works by the likes of Alberto Giacometti, Otto Dix, Christo or Joan Mir├│, and borrowing fees range from just 50 cents to 4 Euros.

Further facts

Even if you're not tempted by Berlin's most generous art offer (or a non-resident sadly unable to partake) both institutions host excellent art shows. Check them out for a taste of what could  be hanging in your lounge.


See also:
A hidden installation by Antony Gormley
Borrow, rather than buy at this Berlin store
Art in the Reichstag
Cake, coffee and art at a secret gallery


Neuer Berliner Kunstverein: Chausseestra├če 128/9, 10115 Berlin
Artothek opening hours: Tues and Thur, 2pm-8pm; Wed and Fri, 2pm-6pm

Kommunale Galerie: Hohenzollerndamm 176, 10713
Artothek opening hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri 11am-5pm; Wed, 11am-7pm


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