Wednesday 22 May 2013 -
Boros Collection, Berlin Bunker
Contemporary art at the Berlin bunker.
Built by the Nazi government in 1942, in Berlin's Mitte district, the the five storey concrete Bunker was designed to shelter Berliners from Allied bombs. The controversial associations of the bunker meant that was used as storage space for bananas during the 1950s, later becoming a venue for techno parties.
Advertising entrepreneur Christian Boros bought the building, complete with bullet holes, in 2003. The building was carefully renovated and some of the interior spaces enlarged: no easy task considering the two metre thick reinforced concrete walls. A penthouse was added on the roof, where Boros now lives.
A permanent exhibition was installed in the 3,000 m² building, drawing on the collection of contemporary art which Christian Boros and his wife Karen have amassed over 20 years.
This unique private collection which opened in 2008 can be visited by appointment only. Bookings for the Boros Collection are taken via the website, however it is advisable to book some time in advance. A knowledgeable guide will take you through the works on show; a fascinating journey in which the artworks interact with the space around them.
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