Boros Collection Bunker
Inside a massive 5 story solid concrete building on Reinhardstrasse in Berlin, lays the Boros Collection Bunker. The collection is not housed inside any normal building but in a semi-renovated old bunker from WW2. The building was first intended to be an air-raid shelter for the civilian population built by forced labor. The history of the building is pretty interesting: shelter turned prison, turned fruit warehouse, turned rave club, and finally into a huge art shape. The entire building is 38 meters (125 feet) long and 16 meters (52 feet) and has concrete walls that are 2 meters thick. Obviously, this building would have withstood an air raid without any problems.
While the building and its history are definitely impressive, the artwork that is exhibited inside is also of a high caliber. The 3,000-square-meter interior space, which once sheltered 2,000 people from flying bombs, now holds contemporary works by a variety of artists. Currently the aritsts Ai Weiwei, Awst & Walther, Dirk Bell, Cosima von Bonin, Marieta Chirulescu, Thea Djordjadze, Olafur Eliasson, Alicja Kwade, Klara Lidén, Florian Meisenberg, Roman Ondák, Stephen G. Rhodes, Thomas Ruff, Michael Sailstorfer, Tomás Saraceno, Thomas Scheibitz, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Danh Vo, Cerith Wyn Evans and Thomas Zipp are showing at the collection.
The current exhibition installed by these artists is only the second show (ever) the Boros Collection has had. Unfortunately, I was unable to take pictures inside the bunker but it was diffidently a great experience. While the space had been somewhat renovated it still is clearly a bunker and is not the typical “gallery” look we are used to. Seeing the artwork intertwine and utilize the design of the old bunker was really inspiring.