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.samm­

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