Varvara Stepanowa und Liubov Popova, Kostüme, Entwürfe 1922-23;
Olga Chernysheva, Trashman, 2010, video


Rolf and Erika Hoffmann began acquiring works in the 1960s, just based on personal interest. This way their collection includes works by artists of various generations and nationalities. Due to the proximity of their Mönchengladbach home to Düsseldorf’s bustling art scene, the pair first encountered the ideas and works of the German Group ZERO (Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene). Later on, as a consequence of more frequent trips to the U.S., works by American artists (like Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Fred Sandback, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol) were added. Following their 1997 move to Berlin, the Hoffmanns became increasingly interested in Eastern Europe and Asia and acquired works from the likes of Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Fang Lu (China), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland) and Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan).

In the current installation works by the following artists are shown, among others: Monica Bonvicini, Willie Doherty, Carroll Dunham, Tracey Emin, Isa Genzken, Nan Goldin, Katharina Grosse, Susan Hiller, Craigie Horsfield, Zuzanna Janin, Allen Jones, Hubert Kiecol, Ernesto Neto, Chris Newman, Albert Oehlen, Pipilotti Rist, Julian Rosefeldt/Piero Steinle, Thomas Ruff, Bojan Sarcevic, Chiharu Shiota, Tom Wesselmann.