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 16 and over. The Feuerle Collection doesn’t grant admittance to children under 16 years of age. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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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 sculptures”
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


As one of China’s oldest traditions, dating back over 2,000 years, the practice of the art of incense is a spiritual discipline once reserved for scholars and high monks, Emperors and
dignitaries of the court.

The Feuerle Collection is the first art museum to present the theme of Chinese incense culture and the only place in the world where the incense ceremony is introduced as an artistic practice,part of a curatorial work in dialogue with, and surrounded by, ancient and contemporary art.

Based on the traditional knowledge of Chinese Incense Masters, The Feuerle Incense Ceremony
was created by Désiré Feuerle, collector and founder of The Feuerle Collection.

Dedicated to sharing this unique experience with the West, The Incense Room at The Feuerle
Collection complements the synaesthetic concept of the museum. For this purpose, John
Pawson has designed a special ceremonial table together with renowned Chinese incense culture experts and Masters of the art of Chinese wood furniture.

“The art of incense in China is incredibly complex and relatively unknown in Europe,” notes
Désiré Feuerle. “I wanted to share a contemporary and authentic version of this beautiful, ancient and refined ceremony.”

The ceremony involves the use of precious incense within a ritual exploring the relationship
between the scents, the senses, the human spirit and nature, revealing the high level of
sophistication to which Chinese culture arrived.

Following his fundamental vision and synaesthetic approach, with the opening of The Incense
Room, Désiré Feuerle completes his Gesamtkunstwerk of juxtapositions. Since the nineties, his ongoing and ground-breaking work has focused on perfecting artistic juxtapositions with the aim of creating an innovative perspective for experiencing art.

The Incense Room is surrounded by The Lake Room, beautifully illuminated Khmer sculptures
and contemporary artworks by Nobuyoshi Araki, Adam Fuss and Anish Kapoor, and as well as
Imperial Chinese stone furniture in the lower ground floor.

Integral to the incense ceremony are a series of incense tools, an incense table set and stools, as well as specially designed clothing for both the master and guests, such as kimonos and ceremony shoes.

These are the result of an extensive international research project based on the vision and taste of Désiré Feuerle, the design advice of architect John Pawson, the expertise of advisor for Chinese art Jerry Chen, and the expertise and traditional craftsmanship of the
Degoo-Chunzai Workshop, led by Kevin Chen.

The minimalist contemporary design of the Incense Table features technological advances that
allow for an unfolding of the scent. Its production followed traditional Chinese furniture-making techniques, with the aim of creating a masterpiece in line with the aesthetic quality of gifts received by Chinese Emperors.

The Ceremony involves the use of selected rare incense, such as Green Qinan, Bhutan Qinan and Hainan Agarwood.

Please note that the entrance to the Incense Room is not part of the regular accompanied visit to The Feuerle Collection. The Feuerle Incense Ceremony has to be booked in advance.

Incense Ceremony Fees:
– 4 participants: 250,- Euro each
– 3 participants: 333,- Euro each
– 2 participants: 500,- Euro each
– 1 participant: 1000,- Euro
(Prices including VAT)

For more information please contact:

Hallesches Ufer 70, 10963 Berlin, Germany.


click here to book the incense ceremony

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.

“The effect is one of rich historical layering, with sensitive hanging and placement decisions inviting unusual comparisons between different forms and eras. The bunker setting offers the perfect foil for the exhibits. Renovation by British architect John Pawson, known for his minimalist interventions, has cleaned up but not fundamentally altered the interior concrete walls of the bunker – artfully placed stalactites, water-stains, graffiti and holes remain. Pristine white walls have been sparingly introduced on the ground floor, with mirrored walls on the lower ground floor. The monumentality and historical markings of the space live on, but the atmosphere is changed, by the lightest of touches, from one of wartime paranoia to one of peaceful contemplation.“
– Apollo Magazine, 28 April 2016

“The chicane at the entrance that once acted as a bomb shield is now a passage leading to a unique experience. Starting from the basement, one enters the Sound Room to a background of minimalist tones and silences created by American composer John Cage. Until you enter the vast main exhibition room there is no natural light and the place is left in near darkness, forcing you to readjust all your senses to negotiate the space. Your eyes are then attracted to the ingeniously curated spotlights and centuries-old stone and wood sculptures from the Khmer Empire that seem to appear from nowhere.“
– Wallpaper Magazine, 6 May 2016

“Spaced out generously, each work sat on its own pedestal creating a feeling of totalized preciousness. Stone, bronze, and wood Khmer sculptures from the 7th to 13th centuries came to life as their carefully carved figures were amplified by the imposing shadows they cast across the bare floor. Looking up at the lights, one could make out small stalagmites dripping down — a reminder of the space’s underground location.“
– Blouin Artinfo, 20 May 2016

“Höchst unterschiedliche Kunstwelten begegnen und ergänzen sich in wunderbarer Weise: an einer Wand ein Spiegelobjekt von Anish Kapoor, dann wieder kleinformatige Fotos von Nobuyoshi Araki. Eine bizarre Skulptur von Zeng Fanzhi schafft einen Kontrast zu den strengen Khmer-Figurinen, zwei goldene Bananen von James Lee Byars wiederum führen einen harmonischen Dialog mit einem Steinbett aus dem kaiserlichen Palast.”
– Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 13 June 2016

“Invece che sui gesti grandiosi, l’accento del lavoro è caduto sulla raffinata calibratura delle soglie chiave, sulla narrazione spaziale dei percorsi di attraversamento e separazione, sulla qualità della luce e su particolari incontri sensoriali sommessamente sottolineati: nella Lake Room invasa dall’acqua e nello spazio chiuso dedicato al millenario rituale imperiale dell’incenso.”
– DOMUS, July – August 2016

“Una delle collezioni di arte asiatica più raffinate d’Europa. Che insieme ai capolavori dell’arte contemporanea (opere di Iglesias, di Fuss o Kapoor, per citarne alcuni) fa di questo edificio uno dei luoghi più originali e interessanti di Berlino.”
– L’Espresso, July 2016

“In una struttura militare della Seconda guerra mondiale, Désiré Feuerle ha collocato la sua raccolta di opere orientali, che vanno da antichi arredi cinesi a sculture Khmer, e di lavori contemporanei. Una raffinata contaminazione.“
– Arte – Antiquariato, October 2016

– Financial Times China, 20 May 2016

“Désiré Feuerle (…) habla de “ver y sentir” como objetivo último, y lo ha conseguido (…). La magia reside en cómo está distribuido todo esto, como se alinean en las naves cual ejército de sombras.“
– ABC Cultural, 30 April 2016

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 the link to our online booking system below.

Please note that a visit to The Feuerle Collection is suitable only for adults and children aged 16 and over. The Feuerle Collection doesn’t grant admittance to children under 16 years of age. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Tours start punctually. Please be there 5 minutes before your tour starts.

Visitors must always be accompanied by one of our art mediators.

We kindly ask you not to touch the art pieces.

Please do not walk on the plinths.

Photography and digital recording are not permitted.

Cellular phones must be switched to silent.
(We suggest to leave them in our lockers to prevent vibrations and electronic waves.)

Food and beverages are not permitted.

Visitors are required to leave all backpacks, large purses, packages, laptops and umbrellas at the entrance.

Animals are not permitted.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


The Feuerle Collection
Hallesches Ufer 70
10963 Berlin


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
Museumstechnik Berlin
P&T – Paper & Tea


The Feuerle Collection
Oso Investments SL
Hallesches Ufer, 70
D- 10963 Berlin
+49 (0)30 25792320