Every time my work takes me to Munich, I make a beeline to the Kultfabrik. The immense factory complex next to the Ostbahnhof, once the home to the manufacturer Pfanni, now houses more than 20 nightclubs, a handful of small theaters and artists’ ateliers, as well as an indoor climbing wall. What interests me the most about the Kultfabrik – no surprise here – is the graffiti on the exterior factory walls. The Kultfabrik complex is something like Munich’s 5 Pointz. With walls run by Loomit, it boasts pieces by some of the biggest names in graffiti. Click here for some of my Kultfabrik photos from recent years.
Much like Graffoto’s delight at coming across an untouched 2005 Os Gemeos wall in Athens recently, I return to the Kultfabrik time and time again to see walls painted by the twins (which I believe were also done in 2005). They feature collaborations with Loomit, Nina, Vitche, Herbert Baglione and Sat One. Most were still running as of this past November, but sadly this under-the-sea mural featuring an Os Gemeos mermaid is no more.
There are a handful of Os Gemeos characters scattered across the factory complex – despite repeat visits, I only recently came across a few of these.
The twins’ riot scene, next to a piece by Nunca, could be ripped out of today’s headlines…
This long, curvy wall together with Vitche, Nina and Loomit takes my breathe away every time I see it.
Last but not least, there’s a wall directly adjacent to the one above. I like the use of red rather than black lines employed by the twins here (perhaps from an earlier visit?).
Last I heard, Munich plans to tear down parts of the Kultfabrik complex to make room for – what else? – condominiums…