Bombs, Bananas, Techno, Paintings
Built in 1943 as a WWII air raid shelter, the imposing and rather gloomy thick-walled building on the corner of Reinhardtstraße and Albrechtstraße has had an eventful life: after its first years serving the Nazi regime, the bunker was turned into a prisoner camp by the Soviets, into a storage for tropical fruit by the East Germans, and finally into a techno club by reunified Berlin partygoers. Then came art collector Christian Boros, who bought the whole thing, moved into the penthouse he had built on the rooftop, and turned the lower, small-windowed floors into the Sammlung Boros (this page), an art gallery for his 500+ works of contemporary art. Today, non-claustrophobic art lovers can admire paintings and installations by Damien Hirst, Olafur Eliasson, Michel Majerus, and many more, by appointment only and in small groups of 12 people max at a time. Book online on www.sammlung-boros.de.