Monica Bonvicini von links nach rechts: from the series Bedtimesquare (#24), 1999; NOT FOR YOU, 2006; Pavillon, 2002


Rolf and Erika Hoffmann began acquiring works in the 1960s based on personal interest. Their collection includes works by artists of various generations and nationalities. Due to the proximity of their Mönchengladbach home to Düsseldorf’s bustling art scene, the pair first encountered the ideas and works of the German Group ZERO (Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene). Later on, as a consequence of more frequent trips to the U.S., works by American artists (Frank Stella, Bruce Nauman, Mike Kelley, Fred Sandback) were added. Following their 1997 move to Berlin, the Hoffmanns became increasingly interested in Eastern Europe and Asia and acquired works from the likes of Olga Chernysheva (Russia), Jia (China), Katarzyna Kozyra (Poland) and Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan).

The current exhibition included works of Theo Altenberg, Joseph Beuys, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Günter Brus, Lucio Fontana, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Katharina Grosse, Georg Herold, Katarzyna Kobro, Jaroslaw Kozlowski, Cork Marcheschi, François Morellet, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Eduardo Paolozzi, Fred Sandback, Carolee Schneemann, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Nancy Spero, Frank Stella, Wolfgang Tillmans, Joelle Tuerlinckx, Lawrence Weiner.