A Pri­vate Glimpse Into The City Of Art

Serene Tseng steps into the pri­vate realm of art col­lect­ing.

Where Berlin - - MUSEUMS & GALLERIES -

With more mu­se­ums and gal­leries than rainy days, it’s no won­der that Berlin is filled with art. But what makes art in the cap­i­tal even more fas­ci­nat­ing is how closely in­ter­wo­ven its pres­ence is in the lives of pri­vate col­lec­tors. These Ber­lin­ers of­ten wel­come vis­i­tors into their homes, of­fer­ing not only a glimpse into their col­lec­tion, but also giv­ing the pub­lic the op­por­tu­nity to ap­pre­ci­ate art in an al­ter­na­tive space. The most fa­mous pri­vate col­lec­tion is me Col­lec­tors Room (www.me-berlin.com), where owner Thomas Ol­bricht's hosts other col­lec­tors from the world over to bring to­gether art and dis­cuss its mean­ing. Not too far away and housed in a gi­gan­tic, five-story WWII air raid bunker, the Samm­lung Boros (www.samm­lung-boros. de) is home to a large col­lec­tion of in­ter­na­tional con­tem­po­rary art from 1990 to the present, fea­tur­ing works from artists such as Ai Wei­wei, Ola­fur Elias­son, and Alicja Kwade. Artists set up the in­stal­la­tions them­selves, so the phys­i­cal­ity of the am­ple space is used with in­ten­tion. For the vis­i­tor, the over­lap­ping of dif­fer­ent medi­ums and me­dia – the sculp­tures, in­stal­la­tions, paint­ings, video, sound, and pho­tog­ra­phy – be­comes an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Feuerle Col­lec­tion (www.thef eu er le col­lec­tion. org) is sim­i­larly housed in­side a WWII-era telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion bunker and fea­tures con­tem­po­rary art next to Chi­nese de­sign and Kh­mer sculp­ture. Fur­ni­ture from by­gone eras, from the Han Dy­nasty to the Qing, is shown along­side 7th- to 13th- cen­tury Kh­mer sculp­tures. The jux­ta­po­si­tion fos­ters di­a­logue be­tween the dif­fer­ent cul­tures and pe­ri­ods. Since 1997, Erika Hoff­mann and her late hus­band have been open­ing their doors to their pri­vate col­lec­tion, housed in a for­mer sew­ing ma­chine fac­tory. The Samm­lung Hoff­mann (www. samm­lung-hoff­mann.de) fea­tures work by artists such as Wolf­gang Till­mans, Katha­rina Grosse, and Isa Gen­zken, and Hoff­mann her­self re­ar­ranges and switches out pieces in the gallery ev­ery July to en­cour­age new in­ter­pre­ta­tions. In­ter­est­ingly, there are no in­for­ma­tion panels next to each work, let­ting vis­i­tors fo­cus on their emo­tional con­nec­tion with the work. Be­fore vis­it­ing, ad­vance reg­is­tra­tion for a guided tour is re­quired on the col­lec­tors' re­spec­tive web­sites.

Clock­wise from top left: the ex­h­bi­bi­tion space at me Col­lec­tors Room; mod­ern paint­ings in­side the WWII bunker host­ing the Boros col­lec­tion; the at me Col­lec­tors Room. In­set, below: Thomas Ol­bricht, owner of me Col­lec­tors Room.

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