Reading Collection


The short texts we have written about the 217 private collections in the second volume of the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors give you all the information you need to go and visit a collection near you. But if you are not able to make it out there the second best thing would be to pick up one of the books mentioned below. Often private collections bring out extensive catalogues, which are worth leafing through!

Boros Collection / Bunker Berlin #2 by Boros Collection

The image of the Boros bunker, situated in the German capital, lingers retrospectively in your mind after a visit. An air-raid shelter built during the Second World War now houses many hip pieces of contemporary art. The first exhibition presented at the Bunker brought in 120,000 visitors. The second presentation of the collection features works by art stars such as Ai Weiwei, Thomas Ruff and Wolfgang Tillmans. These and others are featured in a 276 pages, 160 color images, hardcover catalogue chronicling the second exhibition.

Sympathy for the Devil by Pierre-Oliver Rollin, Valerie Verhack and Walter Vanhaerents

"Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste," sings Mick Jagger in the classic Rolling Stones song "Sympathy for the Devil." Walter Vanhaerents - the owner of the namesake private collection – is an architect with impeccable taste, which he demonstrates by curating compelling exhibitions every two years, showing a selection of artworks from his collection. One example is presented in this book, which brings together several works dealing with the prominent themes in the Stones song.

The Naked Eye – Surrealist photography in the first half of 20th century by The Shpilman Institute for Photography

Regular readers of our blog are already familiar with the exhibition recounted in this catalogue, as our author Lara Week wrote about her experience visiting the The Shpilman Institute for Photography. Shalom Shpilman founded his institute to "create an additional layer of meaning" in his life and has been a patron of photography ever since. The publication includes several informative texts, noted art historian Rosalind Krauss, for example, contributed an essay on the photographic conditions of surrealism while Shalom Shpilman himself dissected the work of André Breton.

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