Karin Sander, Konstantin Haubrok, 1:7 (2010);  Karin Sander, Barbara & Axel Haubrok, 1:7 (2010)
Karin Sander Konstantin Haubrok, 1:7, 2010Karin Sander Barbara & Axel Haubrok, 1:7, 2010
Karin Sander, Konstantin Haubrok, 1:7 (2010); Karin Sander, Barbara & Axel Haubrok, 1:7 (2010)
Karin Sander
Konstantin Haubrok, 1:7, 2010

Karin Sander
Barbara & Axel Haubrok, 1:7, 2010

The starting point for our collection was a work by Raoul de Keyser, purchased in 1988. During the first few years, our focus of interest was primarily on painting, while, in the following, we started to concentrate more and more on conceptual art, especially by artists of the first and second generations. This is why, besides painterly and photographic positions, installations, objects, and performances, ephemere positions, too, play an important role in our collections — especially those evolving around the conceptual approaches of exhibition making originating from the 1960s and 70s.

Over the past 20 years, we regularly showed works from our collection at exhibitions in diverse locations. A first survey exhibition was held at the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach in 2002. Since 2005, more than sixty exhibitions have been shown in Berlin, the first ones in an apartment on Xantener Straße, then in our space on Strausberger Platz, at FAHRBEREITSCHAFT, and most recently again in our new space at Strausberger Platz.

In addition, we were invited to present our collection at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Fondation Hippocrène in Paris and Neues Museum Nuremberg. In Berlin, we opened the festival Tanz im August (Dance in August) with an exhibition on the revolving stage of the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theater. At Paris Bar, Berlin’s renowned artists’ haunt, we exhibited works from the collection, while we simultaneously showed works that otherwise hung in the Paris Bar at Strausberger Platz. Furthermore, we organized two artist film festivals, at Kino International and Arsenal Cinema on Potsdamer Platz, both as a kickoff to Berlin Art Week.

Today, our collection includes positions by, among others, Michael Asher, Robert Barry, Carol Bove, Martin Boyce, Stanley Brouwn, Martin Creed, Cerith Wyn Evans, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Morgan Fisher, Günther Förg, Rodney Graham, Wade Guyton, Georg Herold, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Rodney McMillian, Jonathan Monk, Joyce Pensato, Stephen Prina, Florian Pumhösl, Karin Sander, Barbara Schmidt Heins, Gabriele Schmidt Heins, Gregor Schneider, Andreas Slominski, Wolfgang Tillmans, Franz West, Christopher Williams, Ian Wilson, Haegue Yang, and Heimo Zobernig.