Berlin’s Boros Bunker is the place where contemporary art comes together to an amalgamation of aesthetic and artistic integrity. An absolute experience you cannot miss, no matter if you are into art or not.
A bunker that was build in 1942 in order to serve as a bomb-proof air raid shelter for the civil population, three years later the Bunker is used as a prisoner of war camp. In 1957 the Bunker served as storage for tropical fruits. During the 90ies it was the venue for techno, fetish and fantasy parties. In 2003 Christian Boros, art collector, business man and CEO of a publishing house purchased the bunker and began to convert it into Berlin’s most inspiring venue for contemporary art. Since 2007 the Bunker hosts parts of Boros’ private collection and has been used for several exhibitons and Art events since then. During Art Week Berlin people were exceptionally able to take photos, which is why it took me so long to take you behind the walls of the Boros Bunker.
Tomás Saraceno is an Argentinian artist who was born in 1973 and who is currently working between Frankfurt and Berlin, calling planet Earth his home. His installation is the first thing you get to admire when you enter the Bunker. Both objects will be changing with every movement you do due to different strings connecting parts of both objects with another, creating a 3-D effect. Saraceno, who is also working as an architect wanted to implement his idea of floating cities, assembling a collection of balloon-like spheres that could create living space for autonomous living units. He is connecting back to the idea and ambition that people always aim to create living space in the air, to float and to use the limitless space the sky holds.
Thomas Ruff is one of my favorite German artsits who lives and works in Düsseldorf. My personal connection to him is that he, same as I, has always been fascinated by the stars since he was little. Having a special connection to the universe does never do any harm, does it? He studied photography and after specializing on portraits he once again reconnected to the stars. As it is quite challenging to get proper shots of any heavinly body he used telescopic photographies that were taken in the Atacama desert and enlarged those to a 144 format print that are gracing the cement walls at Boros Bunker in the most impressive way. All three looking like a window to the universe.
Alicja Kwade is one of the most hyped Berlin-based artists of the moment. Although I can not quite connect to her artworks, while most of my friends can, I consider some of her pieces absolutely remarkable. For her, reality is only a convention that we somehow agreed upon. She wants to break and provoke this certain understanding of reality. In this artwork she used Kaiser Idell desk lamps, everyday objects, with a certain aesthetic approach and changes their utility into a visual performance.
Michael Sailstorfer, who lives and works in Berlin, is now on my list of favorite contemporary artists. Not only because I am the greatest advocate of popcorn but because his art actually touches you – in the physical and mental way. The ‘Sky’ he created out of rubber is the only artwork at Boros Bunker that you can experience phyically and it is somehow an allegory to Andy Warhols silver factory clouds. The popcorn machine for me is an epic example for consumption in the 21st century. A perfect metaphor to opulence and excess.
In Thomas Scheibitz artworks everything happens to be about the impact and virtue of color.He abstracts obejcts that cannot be identified, giving his works a very characteristic shape. His artworks involve visual vocabulary that enable us to communicate about actual appearences and figures. His Carlo Crivelli wall sculpture is painted on canvas and embraces the wall of the Bunker like no other artwork. All of his artworks feel like a voyage into another sphere and it is difficult to let go off it once you are in.
Wolfgang Tillmans lives and works between Berlin and London and while his quite exhibitionistic photographies are exhibited and appreciated worldwide. Tillmans knows exactly how to create surreal realities that seem utopian and grounded at the very same time. Normality is a term that Tillmans stumbled upon all the time and it might be the most important input for his works.
Danh Vō was born in Ho Chi Minh City and is based in Berlin right now. As I just saw Jasper John’s paintings of flags in the Insitute of Art in Chicago, this was acutally my first connection to the golden stars and stripes on folded cardboard boxes. He painted the flag with 13 starst at the time of the Declaration of Independence. Using Gold on this certain material is a perfect metaphor to the American Dream. The brass sculpture however is a long-term project called ‘We The People’ and is based on a lifelike copy of the Statue of Liberty. He had a replica of the Statue built in China, dissected into 300 different pieces. One piece of liberty can be seen at the Boros Bunker, it is the folds of Liberty’s robe. Apparently freedom is shared across the world but fallen into pieces at the same time.
The Boros Bunker can be visited upon appointment.