The Hoffmann private collection, from Sophienstraße, offers an interesting alternative to the other art spaces from Berlin. The Hoffmann family opens their collection for small guided interactive group visits every Saturday, between 11:00 and 16:00. Prior reservations are required.
The venue used to be a factory. What makes it particularly worth looking at, besides many great collected pieces, is the mixture of private and public space. One stumbles upon every day objects during his visit, which look as if the owners have just dropped them there a few minutes before. On one table are left behind rests of breakfast. If the Hoffmanns actually live there or not, is left to us to imagine.
I picked up a Felix Gonzalez Torres poster from their living room before I left, some time ago. Showing such an artist could not have fit better the idea of the venue. His installations are many times meant to be shared, consumed by the viewers (e.g. he designed carpets of candies). I’ll stop the story about his work here, and leave to you the discovery of the ideas behind such inviting installations.
By the way, the Hoffmann collection changes every summer, so might be just time to go back. For this purpose, they close their doors each August.