The bunker in Reinhardtstrasse in Mitte is quite an unusual location among the art spaces in Berlin. The bunker was built above the earth, used to be a shelter, and today it provides an insight into its history. Some of the traces of time are still visible on the walls, and the space is a designated landmark, meaning one needs to preserve it the way it was built. And this is what Christian and Karen Boros do, besides showing rotating exhibitions with works from their wide collection. Rumor has it that Christian used to dance in the bunker in the 90s, a time which inspired him to eventually acquire it.
The collectors have an apartment with a 360 degree view over the city on top of it – the bunker is also their home. This brings it closer to the Hoffmann Sammlung (check the Hoffmann Collection article) – another private space and contemporary art collection open to public.
Olafur Eliason, Alicja Kwade, or Tomas Saraceno, or Ai Weiwei are some of the often exhibited artists. The third exhibition is now on display. And even if the exhibitions do not change often, it is still worthwhile to come back; some installations do change shape over time and your guides have many stories to tell. It is all about the details.
Tip: Make sure to reserve your tour in advance, sometimes it can take weeks.