I am a crack, I want to tear through walls. Works from the Peters-Messer and Miettinen Collection
22 Sep 2018 – 23 Dec 2018
The Salon Dahlmann is named after Hildegard Dahlmann, the last owner of the house. The building was acquired by the Miettinen family in 2010.
With the Salon Dahlmann, Timo Miettinen has established a link to Berlin’s salon culture tradition, which emerged not far from the Marburger 3, in the area of the Kurfürstendamm in West Berlin. The Salon presents an eclectic program including a range of different formats: exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops and encounters of creative people and professionals in many fields. The institution is not just a space for cultural meetings and events: The entire house is devoted to the Arts. Annexed to the Salon is a private apartment – die Ferienwohnung – beautifully furnished, combining German and Finnish design. It hosts a selection of artworks from the Miettinen collection with changing arrangements in coordination with the temporary exhibitions in the Salon. For the entrance of the building, the Berlin based artist Björn Dahlem has created a permanent light installation entitled “Lokale Gruppe”. The courtyard of the house has recently been re-designed to accommodate a sculpture by Hans Arp, kindly provided by the Foundation Arp.
Visitors are invited to join guided tours on Saturdays to visit the Salon, the private apartment and the yard.
Timo Miettinen, chairman of Ensto Oy Finland, has had a close connection with art ever since he was fifteen years old. Together with his mother, he collected Finnish landscape paintings of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since 2004, he and his wife Iiris Ulin have collected international contemporary art. He lives in Helsinki and Berlin. Timo Miettinen worked in Germany and has remained closely connected to the country ever since. “In intellectual terms, Germany was always my second spiritual home. Now this project means I can build a bridge between Berlin and Helsinki, as I also aim to show Finnish artists not yet well known here.”
The collection comprises more than 300 artworks by contemporary artists of various generations and nationalities, mainly paintings, drawings – both abstract and figurative, geometric and expressionistic – and sculptures, among them a series of marble sculptures from the Roman Times.
The collections features German artists: Albert Oehlen, Georg Baselitz, André Butzer, Matthias Dornfeld; Finnish artists: Helene Schjerfbeck, Heikki Marila, Matti Kujasalo, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Marianna Uutinen, Janne Räisänen, Jussi Niva, Aurora Reinhard; Spanish artists: Secundino Hernández, Manolo Valdés, Luis Gordillo; American artists: Peter Halley, Jacob Hashimoto, William Copley. And many others.
Today the collection is spread among the Miettinen Family’s private apartments in Finland and Berlin, where part of it is displayed to the public in the Ferienwohnung in Marburger Straße.