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Philara Collection

Philara Collection © displayed works: David Renggli, Andreas Gursky; picture: Susanne Diesner
Philara Collection © displayed works: David Renggli, Andreas Gursky; picture: Susanne Diesner
Philara Collection © displayed works: Alicja Kwade, Sebastian Riemer; picture: Achim Kukulies
Philara Collection © displayed works: Alicja Kwade, Sebastian Riemer; picture: Achim Kukulies

Philara is a private collection of contemporary art comprising more than 1,300 works in such genres as painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and works on paper. In the mid-1990s, Gil Bronner began to build his collection, which, with its strong connection to the Düsseldorf Art Academy, has set itself the task of promoting local emerging artists. During a continuous extension of his collection emerging local talents meet established Düsseldorf artists like Thomas Ruff, Katharina Fritsch, Andreas Gursky and Hans-Peter Feldmann as well as international artists like Alicja Kwade, Kris Martin, Pae White, Rashid Johnson, and Monika Sosnowska.

Over the past two decades, the collection has continuously grown, many of the works being acquired from art galleries that are neighbours to the new home of the collection. The new exhibition space, which is hidden in a rear courtyard was once a rather derelict industrial space. It is integrated in such a way that its significant area of 1,700 square meters of exhibition space with a varying height of 5 to 9 meters is submerged into the surrounding structures making it nearly invisible from the outside. The elaborate conversion of this building, a former glass factory, has created a range of smaller and larger exhibition and performance halls, living spaces for artists and a café. Most of the rooms are dedicated to the permanent exhibition and some are designed individually to host specific installations by artists. A 550 square meter sculpture terrace on the roof of the building.

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Sammlung Philara
Birkenstraße 47
40233 Düsseldorf

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