The bunker found in Reinhardtstrasse in Mitte is quiet an unusual location among art spaces in Berlin. The bunker was built above the earth and it currently belongs to Christian Boros, who shows his art collection here on a rotation basis.
Before the bunker became a venue for an art collection, it used to host illegal parties and incognito encounters. Traces of graffiti and paint from those times can still be seen today on the interior walls. One can only visit the collection during the weekend and in a guided group. The guide will provide plenty of information on the history of the venue and on the exhibition per se.
Christian Boros has a weekend apartment on top of the bunker. The temporary home brings the bunker closer to the Hoffmann Collection (check the Hoffmann Collection article) from a conceptual point of view – very interesting mixture of private and public space.
During the first exhibition of the Boros collection, the visitor could see artists such as Olafur Eliason and Sarah Lucas. The second exhibition has been around for a while now.The taming of the bunker with art is definitely worth seeing, even though the space still requires art to obey.
Tip: One has to make an online reservation prior to the visit through their website. The time I went to see it, I needed to make a reservation two months in advance for an English tour.