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BMW, Guggenheim Cancel Berlin Lab Project

Threats by left-wing activists in Berlin prompted New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to cancel a planned stop in the city’s Kreuzberg district for its mobile laboratory, the BMW Guggenheim Lab.
BMW, Guggenheim Cancel Berlin Lab Project

A collage of the planned BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin. The project, scheduled to start in May, was canceled after left-wing activists in the Kreuzberg district threatened to disrupt it. // Source: BMW Guggenheim Lab/Atelier Bow-Wow via Bloomberg

The project, sponsored by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), was scheduled to travel to nine cities worldwide over six years to encourage debate and proposals for the future of urban life. It was due to open in Berlin on May 24.


Left-wing activists used the Internet to urge protesters to “derail” the project, according to the daily Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Their protest was that the project would accelerate the gentrification of Kreuzberg, leading to higher rents and new luxury residential developments, the newspaper said.

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