Horu Jan Köchermann Foto: Tillmann Engel

The free and public accessibility of Art in Public Space contributes to the democratic self-image of the city of Berlin and is part of a broad field of activism and awareness in the arts. In the past few decades artists have increasingly been relating to and working in public space. The city in turn uses art projects for its city marketing and to solve urban planning issues. But what is actually the current state of art in public space? What are its current manifestations? What potential do they have? And what are suitable structures, forms and methods of mediation for contemporary Art in Public Space? On this page you will find information about the realisation of cultural and artistic projects in public space in the Mitte district.

You can find a detailed description of the projects on our German-language website.

Art and Culture in Public Space

Public space is a necessity for living together in a city. It offers a variety of usages for different interest groups. This includes Art and Culture in the Public Space, which is trying to contribute to the aesthetic and discursive impact of public space.

The public space has complex requirements for usage that are implemented while taking numerous aspects into account as for example the use of road-surfaces, noise control, flora and fauna or preservation and protection of monuments. Connected to this, with a “Ausnahmegenehmigung” (special-use-permit/certificate of exemption) the use of public space is, as an exception, legally permitted.

Therefore, for the realization of temporary cultural and artistic projects in public space in the district of Mitte Berlin, an application for the “Ausnahmegenehmigung” (special-use-permit/certificate of exemption) has to be handed in at the Straßen- und Grünflächenamt des Bezirksamts Mitte von Berlin.


The Urban Culture Department offers free advice on the subject of art and culture in urban spaces. This allows artists, curators and cultural workers to clarify questions about the approval of their art project for public space in advance of the application.

The consultation hours will take place online (by video call) every Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:30 from October 2022. We ask you to register for an appointment here.



The field for City Culture in the Department for Art, Culture and History of the district office Berlin Mitte offers expert advice concerning the application for the “Ausnahmegenehmigung” (special-use-permit/certificate of exemption).

Commission for Art in Public Space Office
Judith Laub
(030) 9018-33409

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