Boros Bunker

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A contemporary art collection inside a 1941 concrete bunker.

Built in 1941 in Berlin, Germany, Boros Bunker has a rich – and dark – history. It was designed as an air raid shelter by the Nazi regime in the WWII. Then, it briefly became a Soviet holding facility for prisoners of war. After the end of the war, the structure shed its grim past. The bunker transformed into a storage space for textiles and then for tropical fruit. The former marked a new chapter in the building’s history, while the latter gained the structure the ‘Banana Bunker’ nickname. In 2003, this concrete behemot became a home for the art collection of Christian and Karen Boros.

Stepping inside, visitors discover numerous interconnected rooms, spread over several floors and 3,000 sqm of exhibition space. A must-see gallery for anyone planning a visit to Berlin, Boros Bunker contains artworks dating from the 1990s to the present day. The private Boros Collection features over 700 contemporary artworks and includes world-renowned names such as Olafur Eliasson and Ai Wei Wei, as well as numerous upcoming artists. Art lovers will find a treasure trove filled with gems, including newly purchased and site-specific works. Indeed, it’s a poetic chapter in the long story of the monumental concrete building. If you want to visit, you’ll have to book a guided tour through the gallery’s website, up to three months in advance. Photographs© NOSHE courtesy of Boros Bunker.

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