Art & Architecture – Pt 2

Art and architecture often make harmonious and attractive allies, with many private collectors taking great pains to find the appropriate architectural framework for their art. Some of them commissioning the careful renovation of historical buildings; others erecting brand new ones. The documenta-tested, Berlin-based architect-trio Kuehn Malvezzi, for example, transformed a former picture-frame factory in Düsseldorf into a multi-functional enclosure for Julia Stoschek’s media-art collection. On the other side of the Rhine, in the district of Flingern, Gil Bronner opened his new collector’s museum in summer 2016. Situated in the refined, converted old industrial halls of a former glazing factory, it also boasts a café and sculpture garden on the roof, making it the perfect environment for large-scale works by artists such as Tomás Saraceno or Tobias Rehberger. Some collectors even open their private homes and apartments by appointment. For visitors, it’s interesting to see how the living environment engages in a dialogue with art. Munich-based Karsten Schmitz, of Stiftung Federkiel, commissioned the artist group Famed to transform his office apartment on the premises of the Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, with minimal intervention, into a habitable Gesamtkunstwerk. Art collectors frequently have a clear preference for good design: Alexander Ramselaar lives with his art collection and avant-garde furniture in a historic townhouse in Rotterdam, where well-stocked bookshelves serve as a room divider. It is ideal, of course, when collectors are able to commission their favorite architects to create new spaces for their art. The most recent example: the Fondazione Prada in Milan. None other than the art-savvy, Rotterdam-based, star architect Rem Koolhaas was selected to convert a former distillery into a functioning ensemble of old and new. Here, he couldn’t resist making an ironic gesture: in a free-form interpretation of the legend of King Midas, Koolhaas transformed the tallest building on site into a golden tower.

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The journalist couple Nicole Büsing and Heiko Klaas have been writing freelance art journalism and art criticism since 1997 for a variety of national and international art magazines and newspapers.

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