The forbidding exterior of the concrete bunker that houses the Sammlung Boros gallery belies the veritable treasure trove of contemporary art within. The space contains over 500 works of art from contemporary giants, including standout pieces from Thomas Scheibitz, Michael Sailstorfer and Wolfgang Tillmans. Art forms on display in the bunker’s 80 rooms range from sculpture and paintings to sound installations. Access to this exciting gallery is strictly limited, with tours only available at weekends, so be sure to book well in advance.
Sammlung Boros, Reinhardtstrasse 20, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2408 33300
One of the most famous galleries in Berlin and one of the largest and most significant public collections of contemporary art in the world, the Hamburger Bahnhof is a must-see for art lovers. Housed in a former railway station, the permanent collection features major works from some of the best contemporary artists from the 1960s, including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Joseph Beuys.
Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50-51, 10577 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2664 24242
Contemporary Fine Arts
This renowned contemporary fine art gallery in Berlin’s Mitte district is dedicated to the promotion of both German and international artists and is one of the city’s best-known galleries for emerging artists, presenting an eclectic mix of thought-provoking art. Owners Nicole Hackert, Philipp Haverkampf and Bruno Brunnet are key players in the contemporary art scene and are known for their early discoveries of rising stars.
Contemporary Fine Arts, Am Kupfergraben 10, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 288 7870
Those seeking to check out promising up-and-coming artists should head to the prestigious Carlier Gebauer independent gallery on Markgrafenstrasse. The gallery is held in high regard for the calibre of its artistic talent and impressive shows; notable artists on its roster include Erik Schmidt, Paul Graham and Sara Barker.
Carlier Gebauer, 67 Markgrafenstrasse, 10969 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2400 8630
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art
More of a creative space than a gallery, the KW Institute combines exhibitions, installations, workshops and performances into exciting programmes throughout the year, in an impressive five-storey space that invites visitors to explore and discuss international culture. After taking part in the lively programmes, head to Café Bravo, whose avant-garde design perfectly complements the fine courtyard, to reflect over a drink and a bite to eat.
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Auguststrasse 69, 10117 Berlin, +49 (0)30 243 4590