The Collection

The Feuerle Collection is a new private art museum in Berlin Kreuzberg dedicated to Désiré Feuerle’s collection which juxtaposes international contemporary artists with Imperial Chinese furniture and Southeast Asian sculptures.

Located in a former Second World War telecommunications bunker renovated by the British architect John Pawson, the museum encourages a conversation between different periods and cultures offering an alternative perception of ancient art and creates a new perspective on the works, leading viewers through a synesthetic experience.

The collection brings together international contemporary art, Imperial Chinese lacquer and stone furniture, Chinese wood and stone Scholar Furniture from the Han Dynasty to Qing Dynasty, from 200 BC to the 18th century, and Khmer sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century.

The visitor enters into a sophisticated and sensual world that puts these refined cultures and elegant pieces into a new light.

Désiré Feuerle, who comes from a contemporary art background, owned a gallery in the nineties in Cologne, Germany, where he pioneered juxtaposing ancient art with contemporary and modern art, as well as re-looking at antiques from a contemporary perspective.

A visit to The Feuerle Collection can be arranged by appointment only. If you are interested in booking a visit, please follow this link to our online booking system.

Please note that a visit to The Feuerle Collection is suitable only for adults and children aged 12 and over.

Click here to book tickets

Head of Avalokiteshvara, Khmer, Bayon, 12-13th Century

“I find beauty whether in the first century or in the twenty-first century”
Désiré Feuerle

"Torus", Anish Kapoor, 2002

“To me, all these pieces of furniture are sculpture”
Désiré Feuerle

Imperial Chinese Chair, Gift to the Emperor from the Court, Early Qing Dinasty, 17th Century

To the modern eye Khmer sculpture seems to present simplified form, arising out of a vision that links modernity with an ancient, perhaps even archaic, past. One imagines a link that stretches directly up to Brancusi and beyond.
Anish Kapoor

Female Divinity, Khmer, Koh Ker, 10th Century

INCENSE CEREMONY

The incense ceremony shows the high level of sophistication that Chinese culture arrived to.

Being one of China’s oldest traditions, dating back over 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty, it is a spiritual discipline where, by absorbing the energy from the good scents, one observes one’s body and mind.

This tradition reached its height during the Song Dynasty, when rooms were built specifically for this purpose.

The Incense Room at The Feuerle Collection is the first one in a museum worldwide and its aim is to emphasize the significance of this ancient and refined Chinese ceremony.

Désiré Feuerle was invited to take part in incense ceremonies in China and Taiwan and he was greatly impressed, so he thought about finding a way to introduce and share this experience – once only exclusive to Emperors, very high monks and dignitaries of the court – to the West.

The set of the incense table and the stools have been specifically designed by John Pawson following the assessment of scholar Jerry Chen and respecting the Chinese essential forms, with the craftsmanship of the last company to master traditional Chinese furniture.

For more information please contact: info@thefeuerlecollection.org

Photo: Julia Makiejus

The Building

6350 square meter exhibition space in a former telecommunications bunker from the Second World War.

The architect John Pawson, a master in minimalist architecture, known for his serene and sensitive approach to existing buildings, has worked on the rehabilitation of the building and on the transformation into a museum.

Visit the collection

A visit to The Feuerle Collection can be arranged by appointment only. If you are interested in booking a visit, please follow this link to our online booking system.

Please note that a visit to The Feuerle Collection is suitable only for adults and children aged 12 and over.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS

The Feuerle Collection
Hallesches Ufer 70
10963 Berlin
info@thefeuerlecollection.org

Director:

Daniele Maruca

International ambassadors

The Ambassadors of The Feuerle Collection are:

Paloma Botín O’Shea
Jerry Jen-I Chen
Zeng Fanzhi
Carolina Herrera
Cristina Iglesias
Anish Kapoor
Ömer M. Koç
Alicia Koplowitz
Philippe de Montebello
Arend und Brigitte Oetker
John Pawson
Piergiorgio Pelassa
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros
Marc Puig
Joan Punyet Miró
Robert Rademacher
Peter Raue
Miquel Roca Junyent
Sevil Sabanci

 

The Feuerle Collection would like to thank:
Jim Thompson
Erco
Museumstechnik Berlin
P&T – Paper & Tea

Imprint

The Feuerle Collection
c/o Oso Investments SL
Hallesches Ufer, 70
D- 10963 Berlin