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Frank Stella, Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars (Moby Dick Series chap. 57), 1990; copyright Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin

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

The current installation, “ailleurs,” includes works by Carla Accardi, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Monica Bonvicini, Richard Deacon, Rineke Dijkstra, Carrol Dunham, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Katharina Grosse, Fang Lijun, Georg Herold, Zuzanna Janin, Hubert Kiecol, Silke Otto-Knapp, Joachim Koester, Jannis Kounellis, Ad Reinhardt, Rivka Rinn, Thomas Ruff, Anri Sala, Eran Schaerf, Marike Schuurman, Jochen Seidel, Ettore Spalletti, Cy Twombly, Francesca Woodman, among others.

In the 1960s, due to their home in the Rheinland, Erika and Rolf Hoffmann engaged frequently with the area’s art scene, particularly the so-called ZERO group. This heightened their awareness of various international links to ZERO, as well as of arte povera. Through their links to the Museum Mönchengladbach, they befriended Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, and Braco Dimitrijevic; through Galerie m in Bochum, they encountered François Morellet, Arnulf Rainer, and Richard Serra.

Nearby in Cologne, the Hoffmanns came to appreciate the work of Günther Förg, Astrid Klein, Chris Newman, Marcel Odenbach, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Thomas Ruff and Wolfgang Tillmans.

While traveling, the Hoffmanns deepened their understanding of international artists and their praxes. These included Nobuyoshi Araki, Bill Beckley, Madeleine Berkhemer, Ashley Bickerton, Miriam Cahn, AK Dolven, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Donald Judd, Mike Kelley, Yayoi Kusama, Ana Mendieta, Sarah Morris, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Eduardo Paolozzi, Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Richard Tuttle, Andy Warhol or Franz West.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, they also grew more familiar with the now accessible work of their eastern neighbors, Polish and former Soviet contemporaries, including that of Olga Chernysheva, Zuzanna Janin, Katarzyna Kozyra, Ene-Liis Semper and Jaan Toomik.

Since 1997, the move to Berlin, video and spatial installations such as those by Yael Bartana, Ernesto Neto, Pipilotti Rist, Julian Rosefeldt & Piero Steinle, Fred Sandback, Chiharu Shiota or Joelle Tuerlinckx have found a place. Also the latest acquisitions come from Berlin galleries, project spaces and studios, including works by Saâdane Afif, Rosa Barba, Julie Mehretu and Jorinde Voigt.