Known as one of Berlin’s most exclusive art galleries, the Sammlung Boros Collection certainly has an interesting backstory that captures the essence of the city. This massive, former bunker in Mitte has worn many hats since it was first built. Its walls are two meters thick and it was created with the capacity to protect up to 2,000 people at a time. Following WWII, the Soviets used it jointly as a prison and a storage area for tropical fruit. In the 90s, the bunker was host to raves that would make a party at Berghain look like as wholesome as dinner with your grandparents. Now, the Boros Bunker houses the impressive art collection of Karen and Christian Boros. Visits are only available by appointment.
Berlin’s innovative and experimental art scene wouldn’t be complete without its share of quirky venues. Situated at the South-Western edge of the district, Kinderhook & Caracas fills this role in Kreuzberg. This petite gallery is painted in primary colours and decorated with an array of tropical plants, a perfect physical manifestation of its name. Yet, the title actually refers to its owners’ hometowns. Come here for shows that are as eclectic as they are intriguing, covering a range of topics that interest its curators. A visit to Kinderhook & Caracas is worth it merely for a glimpse at this charming space.
The KW Institute for Contemporary Art is undoubtedly one of the most influential fixtures within Berlin’s gallery scene. First opened in the early 1990s, the KW Institute was established within a dilapidated space that was formerly a margarine factory in East Berlin. Now, this large estate serves as a major purveyor for both art and culture in Berlin and beyond. As the institute doesn’t have a collection of its own, it is able to be flexible and innovative in its exhibitions in the absence of an exclusive art association. Instead, it is meant to be a creative space for use by and on behalf of the people of the city.
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