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Wedding kimonos uchikake, 2nd half of the 20th century; photographs by Nobuyoshi Araki between 1993 and 1995; installation 2011/12; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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Charlotte Moorman, Bomb Cellos, 1965/1990; Barbara Kruger, Einfühlungsvermögen kann die Welt verändern, 1990/91; installation 2007/08; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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Allen Jones, Green Table Sculpture, 1972; Tom Wesselman, Nude Banner, 1969; Great American Nude #74, 1965; installation 2007/08; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1971; installation 2008/2009; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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Lucio Fontana, five paintings Concetto Spaziale, between 1952 and 1962; Katharina Grosse, Sie trocknen ihre Knie mit einem Kissen, 2012; installation 2014/15; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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Joelle Tuerlinckx, works between 1996 and 2011; Installation 2012/13; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

Each July, the selection of works is being rearranged, according to a different key word. While some pieces simply move to new positions within the space, most return to storage. Works from the depot are frequently hung next to recent acquisitions. In this, Erika Hoffmann creates new relationships in unexpected contexts and sets out to recognize unexpected meaning between works of distinct generations and mediums.

Current Installation

The installation – "do the dance" - includes work by Bill Beckley, William Copley, Rineke Dijkstra, Anne Katrine Dolven, Lucio Fontana, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Katharina Grosse, Nicola de Maria, François Morellet, Ernesto Neto, Albert Oehlen, Gabriel Orozco, Jack Pierson, Sigmar Polke, Jaan Toomik, Michel Verjux, Jorinde Voigt, Andy Warhol, Manabu Yamanaka.


The Space

The Sammlung Hoffmann occupies 1,500 sqm over the third and fourth floors of a brick building constructed by H. Mehlich toward the end of the 19th century. The building originally housed a factory that manufactured sewing machines, later bicycle chains, and then the transport company Martin, as well as various other businesses. Between the end of the second World War and 1993 the premises were used primarily for the manufacturing and repair of medical devices. In 1994 the Hoffmann family acquired the property and created a peaceful microcosm uniting Sophien- and Gipsstraße, replete with apartments, offices and Barcomi’s Deli.