The Leipzig Spinnerei is a former cotton mill (Baumwollspinnerei) in the western industrial suburb of Plagwitz. The massive site at an area of 10 hectares (over 1 million square feet) with rows of factory buildings began operation in 1884 and eventually became the largest cotton mill in Europe with thousands working and living on-site. After the site ceased to produce spools of cotton thread shortly after reunification, artists took advantage of the cheap empty space, and transformed the area into studios, galleries, and exhibition halls. Much has been written about the impact and examples of art and space on Leipzig as the “new Berlin” as well as the “New Leipzig School.” The site as art and culture space celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015.
A trip with the S-Bahn (S1 train) lasts about 15 minutes from Leipzig Hauptbahnhof (central station) to Leipzig Plagwitz station. From there, it’s a short walk on foot to the Spinnerei entrance at Spinnereistrasse 7. Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below for more.
The title is a minor play on the motto of the converted cotton mill: “Leipzig Spinnerei: from cotton to culture.” Thanks to the Baumwollspinnerei and Michael Ludwig (Press/Tours) for an informative and guided visit, and to Leipzig Tourismus and Marketing and InterCityHotel Leipzig for their support and hospitality. I made the photos above on 3 December 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8hE.