Private collections – Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann

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City Guide Berlin: The Boros/Olbricht/Haubrok/Hoffmann private collections
Olafur Eliason: "Berlin Colour Sphere", 2006 (Courtesy Sammlung Boros/© Noshe)


Works by international contemporary artists can be viewed in these first-class collections.

These new temples of art belong to major private collectors. In 2008, the advertising agency boss from Wuppertal, Christian Boros, unveiled his collection housed in a former war bunker. The presentation, consisting exclusively of installation art, is as impressive as the structure’s renovation is accomplished, stretching over five levels with through-holes, various visual perspectives and 80 small rooms. All the artists worked on site – there are even whole groups of works for instance by Michael Beutler, John Bock, Anselm Reyle, Sarah Lucas, Kris Martin and Tobias Rehberger.

In 2010, the doctor and Wella heir Thomas Olbricht had a building constructed close to Kunst-Werke to house his own collection, though it has proved less popular architecturally. Alternating curators present the collection in three annual exhibitions over two floors and 1,300 square meters. The shows feature an array of painting and photography, including works by Eric Fischl, Franz Gertsch, Cindy Sherman and Marlene Dumas, with an emphasis on the themes of eros and death. A chamber of curiosities has also been installed containing handcrafted exhibits from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Axel Haubrok runs a showroom on Straußberger Platz with artists such as Jonathan Monk, Andreas Slominski and Gregor Schneider. The illustrious Hoffmann Collection, with works by artists such as Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Isa Gentzken, has been housed in the Mitte district since the late 1990s.

Private collections – Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann

Addresses: Boros Collection, Reinhardstraße 20, Berlin; to visit the collection, please register at the following e-mail address: Olbricht Collection, Auguststraße 68, Berlin, opening hours: Tue. – Sun. 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Haubrok Collection, Strausberger Platz 19, Berlin; to visit the collection, please register at the following e-mail address: Hoffmann Collection, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Aufgang C, Sophienstraße 2, Berlin; guided tours are held on Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. To visit the Collection, please register at the following e-mail address:

Altes Museum (1), Neues Museum (2), Alte Nationalgalerie (3), Pergamonmuseum and Bode-Museum (4), Gemäldegalerie/Kulturforum (5), Neue Nationalgalerie (6), Hamburger Bahnhof (7), Museum Berggruen (8), Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection (8), Martin-Gropius-Bau (9), Jüdisches Museum (10), Kunst-Werke and galleries (11), Private Collections Boros, Olbricht, Haubrok and Hoffmann (12), Galleries around Potsdamer Strasse (13), Deutsche Guggenheim (14), Galleries between the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Jüdisches Museum (15)