Haubrok collection

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The Haubrok Collection is a collection of the couple Barbara and Axel Haubrok specializing in contemporary conceptual art . It is one of the most important collections of its kind in Germany. The most important works are on permanent loan from the Haubrok Foundation to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin. Further works will be shown to the public in temporary exhibitions at various locations .


After the sale of two consulting companies, Barbara and Axel Haubrok's focus is on developing vehicle readiness on Herzbergstrasse in Berlin-Lichtenberg and on exhibitions with works from the collection as well as invited artists.


The collection includes over 1000 works of contemporary art , including important works by Stanley Brouwn , Martin Boyce , Martin Creed , Stephen Prina , Wolfgang Tillmans , Christopher Williams and Heimo Zobernig .

Haubrok Foundation

The Haubrok Foundation serves to promote contemporary art . The foundation's capital stock is made up of contemporary works of art, which are on permanent loan from the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation . Art exhibitions are also held regularly.

Exhibition activity

In order to fulfill the purpose of the foundation, the Haubrok Foundation has carried out more than 50 exhibitions in Xantener Straße, Strausberger Platz and in the driving area. The collection was also shown in the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach and in the Phoenixhallen in Hamburg. The Haubrok Foundation also held exhibitions in alternative locations such as the Hebbel am Ufer theater , the studio of the architect Robert Mallet-Stephens in Paris or the Paris Bar in Berlin.

Readiness to drive

Development of a site

Barbara and Axel Haubrok acquired an industrial site in Berlin-Lichtenberg , which served as the SED Central Committee's fleet of vehicles until the fall of the Berlin Wall . They developed it into a project location where they organized internationally acclaimed exhibitions several times a year. The historical buildings have been restored in accordance with listed buildings and some have been rented out to small businesses or artists on favorable terms. Since 2017, a modern new building, planned by the architect Arno Brandlhuber, should complement the ensemble on the site in Herzbergstrasse . However, the construction was not approved. While on over 90 percent of the site manufacturing companies for motor vehicles. - and the creative sector, works from the Haubrok Collection, but also with and by other artists, were exhibited in the remaining historical rooms.

Differences between the art concern and the Berlin commercial building law

The Lichtenberg district office, responsible for the site, criticizes the fact that art and trade are mixed here. The laws provide for a separation of interests for such a situation, above all because there are also artists working in small studios in the neighborhood, who feel they have been ousted by the exhibitions and the associated streams of visitors. So it came about that at the beginning it was verbally agreed to accept only a limited number of exhibitions per year. Because the Haubroks do not see their concern art for everyone (without entrance fees) sufficiently appreciated, there have already been several arguments. As a result of the last discussions in spring / summer 2018, the continuation of exhibition activities in the driver's service rooms was completely prohibited.

Individual evidence

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  13. Quynh Tran: Gentrification through art: business yes, but no culture please . In: FAZ.NET . ISSN  0174-4909 ( faz.net [accessed August 7, 2018]).
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  16. Haubrok's "driving readiness" threatened with closure. Retrieved August 7, 2018 .
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