If you visit one exhibition this year in Berlin – I highly recommend The Feuerle Collection. Placed in the World War II telecommunication Bunker at Hallesches Ufer the Museum is now open for Visitors, by appointment only.
The collection brings together stone, bronze and wood Khmer sculptures from the 7th-13th century, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture, wood and stone Chinese Scholar furniture from the Han Dynasty to Qing Dynasty, from 200 BC to the 18th century, and works by Cristina Iglesias, Anish Kapoor, Zeng Fanzhi, and James Lee Byars to name a few.
6350 square meter exhibition space. – Press release
While the art is beautiful, the art in context with this space is plainly extraordinary. To get introduced to the space and collection you have to stand in a dark room listening to John Cage’s usually contemplative sound work. Your mind quieted now, you may be in the right spirit to enter the next room, which is endless and yet full of borders. The darkened room is lit by a few spots, bringing the focus to the pieces. Though the mind starts wondering around in this endless appearing room. Reflections of light and water, the shadows of the sculptures, the unbelievable silence creating a fine moment of unity. 2000 square meter are said to be filled with water (the Lake Room), that and the mirrors, glass and a very subtle lighting create reflections from walls and darkness.
Architect John Pawson, famous for his minimalistic approach in architecture, renovated the building and converted the bunker into a 6,480 square metres exhibition space and a place where light and shadow, contemporary and old art meet.
The Feuerle Collection will host the 9th Berlin Bienale.