28 April 2018

Things I Love in Berlin: The Boros Collection #3

I have been to the Boros Collection before. In fact, I have been there a total of three times now. It is an art gallery that somehow has enough going on to intellectually challenge me every time I visit. So when they had a third showing, a friend of mine and I decided to check it out.

I was first in the Boros Collection in 2013. This was in the middle of their second showing. Unfortunately, I wasn't here in Berlin during the first showing, which lasted between 2009 and 2012. And every showing lasts for 4 years. I remember liking the second showing a lot, so I visited it again before it was closed. And now I checked out the third showing, which was opened in 2017 and will last until 2020.

The art gallery only allows a maximum of 12 people per tour, which only happens during the weekend, every thirty minutes. It is a bunker, so it is easy to get lost, hence they require you to stay with the tour guide during the whole duration of the tour. And this also means you are reliant on the tour guide as the sole source of information, since there aren't really any descriptions attached on the art pieces. This requires the tour guide to be knowledgeable in the art pieces that are presented. And of course, this implies that the tour guide can make or break your experience.

I do remember being very impressed with the tour guide I had during my first visit. And when I visited the second time, a different tour guide was there, and I felt like it was a slightly different experience, as I felt rushed through the collections. I had the same second tour guide for my third visit, and I must say that things have improved a bit.

Anyway, I still enjoy coming here for the art. The art is very contemporary, as the collectors only buy art during the time they were built. What I like the most are the art pieces that change form over time: whether it is a popcorn machine that eventually fills the room as the years go by, or a motor that eventually grinds a wheel against a wall to a thin strip, or a wall that eventually gets covered by black tape as visitors add their own piece one by one.

It can be a little theoretical, but I have to say that never have I had the chance to get into the artist's head as much as during my visits to the Boros Collection. I guess it's just a different way of viewing and consuming art. In other galleries, you just go and view it passively, without knowing what exactly were the concepts that were behind the piece. It is more than that here. And somehow I think I like it.

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