‘I like artists that make it difficult for me at first,” German advertising maestro Christian Boros told the New York Times in a 2007 profile. “Artists that challenge me, question my conventions and show me something new.” When seeking a home for the formidable collection he has built with his partner, Karen, he settled on a former Nazi bunker in Berlin, which played host to raves and sex parties in the 1990s and had “a reputation as the hardest club in the world,” according to the collection’s website. The space, measuring more than 30,000 square feet, was elegantly redesigned by Realarchitektur, which put an airy glass penthouse on its roof, where the couple lives with their son. The sprawling collection includes numerous pieces by Danh Vo, Elizabeth Peyton, Wolfgang Tillmans, and others. When a New Yorker magazine writer visited the collection in 2015, he encountered “a slowly disintegrating spinning rubber tire by Michael Sailstorfer.”

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Karen and Christian Boros


Source of wealth:
Advertising, communications, and publishing

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Why a bunker? “It was the most impossible,” Christian told Freunde von Freunden in 2012. “I am always magically drawn to problems. One can perhaps not solve problems, but one is able to exchange problems with other problems.”