Street art on the rear wall of Stattbad, Berlin-Wedding, Germany. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
Stattbad is a former public swimming pool turned into a hub for urban art. It is home to artist studios and provides an international and interdisciplinary space for contemporary art, music and culture. The location provides unusual conditions for exhibitions, performances and multimedia shows.
The name ‘Stattbad’, lit. ‘instead of a swimming pool’, is a play on the word ‘Stadtbad’, which means public swimming pool. When I was a kid, I did my first swimming certificate, the ‘Freischwimmer’, at this Stadtbad. It involved swimming for about 15 minutes and diving for some rings from the bottom of the pool. Scenes of the 1956 film ‘Wolfpack’ (Die Halbstarken) with Horst Buchholz were filmed at Stadtbad Wedding (see clip below). Buchholz (1933-2003) was a German actor, remembered for the role of Chico in John Sturges’ The Magnificent Seven and Otto Ludwig Piffl in Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three. You can watch ‘Die Halbstarken’ for free online at the non-profit digital library Internet Archive. (English version / German version)