Experienced a radically mind-opening art experience at the Sammlung Boros Kunstbunker today in Berlin. Three truths about the power of art became increasingly clear as we walked through the bunker rooms with our guide:
1) Art elevates and challenges how we perceive reality. It poses questions to the viewer that necessitate contemplation and interaction. By nature of response, the viewer is transformed.
2) The space in which it's housed influences the art and vice versa. The Boros Collection is housed in a 1940s former war bunker. This building went through many transformations- Red Army war prison, textile warehouse, fruit warehouse during dire communist times, and a techno/sex club in the 90s before it became the unique gallery space it is today.
3) Art is meant to be shared. Christian Boros bought the space in 2003 to house his growing contemporary collection. As a result, we are all able to experience his important and dynamic collection of thought-provoking contemporary works.