One of the most prominent contemporary art collections in the world is leaving its nest.
September 30th, 2021 marks the final month of the loan agreement between private collector Friedrich Christian Flick and the Berlin State Museums. Back in 2004 he lent 1,500 pieces of contemporary art to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum (HBM). What initially was supposed to be a seven year deal lasted 17 years.
But Rieckhallen, the exhibition hall behind the HBM that hosted the Flick Collection, was rented from a private firm called CA Immobilien Anlagen AG. Their owners have made the decision to demolish the building and use the land for something new.
Udo Kittelmann, the director of the Hamburger Bahnhof issued a statement on April 24th, mouring the changes:
“The repercussions from the news that one of the world’s most outstanding international collections of contemporary art will leave Berlin are not yet foreseeable. It’s very painful.”
However, the Berlin States Museum group hopes to come up with new ways to exhibit the Flick Collection which includes the works of Stan Douglas, Jason Rhodes, Marcel Broodthaers, Raymond Pettibon, and Wolfgang Tillmans.