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Hoffmann Collection

The Hoffmann Collection is a private Collection of contemporary art. In her private living and working spaces, Erika Hoffmann presents works in various media, including painting, sculpture, photography and video.

Rolf and Erika Hoffmann made their first discoveries in contemporary art in the sixties at the early Documentas in Kassel, and in exhibitions at the museums, exhibition spaces and Kunstvereine of Germany's Rhineland region. Challenged by the new ideas they discussed with artists friends and attracted by the works that incorporated these ideas they felt inspired in their private life as wel as for their professional activity.

In order to maintain this direct access to the ideas and discourses of the art scene despite the demands of raising a family and running their company, "van Laack," they started, in the late sixties, buying art sporadically. The works they chose were by not yet established artists whom they knew personally and with whom they associated certain concepts. At the time the idea - let alone the goal - of establishing a vast Collection of contemporary art had not crossed their minds.
The great variety of artistic expression excited Rolf and Erika Hoffmann and was at the same time, in their eyes, the essential characteristic of contemporary art. They sought out innovation regardless of medium. Wherever their (mostly business) travels took them, it was contemporary art that provided them an outlet for engaging in the pressing questions facing society.

With the sale of their company in 1985, Rolf and Erika Hoffmann were able to dedicate more time to their passion to see more new work as well as t... [ Read all ]

Permanent Collection

The Hoffmann Collection includes contemporary art from around the world, in all sorts of media. Erika and Rolf Hoffmann began collecting in 1968 - seeking personal inspiration and enrichment through living with art. Each Saturday Erika Hoffmann opens her home to the public in order to share this experience with others.


In July each year, Erika Hoffmann changes the selection of works and rearranges the furnishings. Some of the pieces go back into storage, while others only change their position. Works from the depot are joined by relevant new acquisitions. In this way Erika Hoffmann creates new relationships, tests the strengths of the works in other contexts, and makes it possible to recognize new meanings.


Rolf and Erika Hoffmann began acquiring artworks in the sixties - not with any strategic direction, but solely according to their personal taste and interest. The collection, then, unites works by artists of various generations and nationalities. Due to the proximity of their home, Mönchengladbach, to Düsseldorf and the art scene there, it was at first German artists belonging to the Gruppe ZERO [Group ZERO] (Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene) whose ideas and works they encountered.
With more frequent trips to the U.S., American artists (Frank Stel a, Bruce Nauman, Mike Kelley, Fred Sandback) joined this group; then, after their move to Berlin in 1997, the Hoffmanns became increasingly interested in Eastern Europe and Asia. Thus works by, for example, Teresa Murak (Poland), Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan) and Fang Lijun (China) may be found in the collection.

Other artists who shape to the diverse character of the Collection are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Bill Beckley, Marcel Broodthaers, Felix Droese, Günher Förg, Isa Genzken, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Francois Morel et, Arnulf Rainer, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol, among others.


Register for a guided tour through the collection. Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., duration: approximately 1,5 hours, admission fee: 6 Euro per person.

Opening hours

Since 1997, the collection has been open to the public each Saturday and may also be privately toured during the week by appointment.

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Visits are possible as guided tours for groups of up to ten. The guide acts more as a moderator than as a docent, with the idea of sparking conversation rather than offering accepted art historical truths.
The installation is not organized according to a didactic concept, but rather a purely subjective selection; it is meant to offer a personal encounter with artworks that may have a more immediate effect in a private setting than in a museum.

It also follows that there are no labels with the name of artist, title, or year; rather, the founding rationale of the collection is to offer the visitor unobstructed and emotional access to the works.

Guided Tours. To ensure that al guests enjoy an intimate experience, capacity will be strictly limited to ten people.