Burger Collection


Burger Collection is a private collection of contemporary art with emphases in Euro-American, Indian, and Asian art. Currently, it includes more than 1200 works by some 200 artists. Since 2005 the works of Burger Collection have been available for view online. The collection also engages in funding projects for various exhibitions, publications, and conferences as well as being a patron for various art institutions and organizations. Concurrently, Burger Collection takes an open stance regarding the loan of works from their holdings.

Funding projects (selection):

In Search of Vanished Blood, publicationby Nalini Malani, in connection with the Documenta 13 patronage program, 2013; AAA Burger Collection Keynote Lecture during Art Basel (Hong Kong), with guest speakers such as Geeta Kapur (2013), Okwui Enwezor (2012), Sarat Maharaj (2011); Art Spaces Directory,published on the occasion of the exhibition The Ungovernables (New Museum Triennial) in 2012; Art Hotpot by C&G Artpartment, a cross-cultural program between Sopot (Poland) and Hong Kong, 2011-2012; Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, exhibition catalogue for the Rubin Museum in 2011; Black Mirror by Doug Aitken, multi-media event by Doug Aitken performed in Athens and Hydra, 2011; Writing Fotan, a seminar in the Fotanian artist studios in Hong Kong, 2011; Public Notice 3 by Jitish Kallat, a work in-situ on the Woman’s Board Grand Staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2010; the AAA Backroom Conversations during the ART HK fair (from 2007 to 2012). For more information please write to info@burgercollection.org.

Loans (selection):

Fundacio Antoni Tapiès, Barcelona, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, North Carolina, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Hamburger Kunstverein, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, Serpentine Gallery, London, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery, London, Tate Modern, London, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Art Space, New Zealand, Venice Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Singapore Art Museum, São Paulo Biennial, Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Art Institute of Chicago and Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo MUAC, Mexico.


Burger Collection is the patron of Para/Site (Hong Kong), KHOJ Alternative Space (New Delhi), Kunsthalle Zürich, Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Museum of Art, C&G Artpartment (Hong Kong) and the Asia Society Hong Kong Center.

Exhibitions / Projects

Since 2009, Burger Collection has turned towards a broader public with a new curatorial concept of its own. Three on-going research focuses have been established in 2009: a) the voices and methodologies of artists, b) the transcultural dimension of contemporary art, and c) the functions of Burger Collection as a private collection operating within the contemporary art system. In the process, Burger Collection has worked with numerous established artists and emerging talent. The concept has manifested itself in different art regions, and in so doing has placed the works of the holdings in specific geo-cultural zones thereby re-introducing works in their initial cultural context of production. Burger Collection has ventured into collaborations with local institutions and individuals, engaged in co-operations, and created new site-specific works with artists both within and beyond the collection. Intensive research on-site, co-operations with institutions, and collaborations with local and international partners have deepened the knowledge about the works in the collection. The grammar of the concept has consisted of various curatorial formats and tools such as:

Multi-disciplinary exhibition projects: Conflicting Tales (Berlin, 2009), I Think It Rains (Hong Kong, 2013/14). For more information: http://www.conflictingtales.org and www.ithinkitrains.org.

Seminars, public events: The Collection as Social Sculpture (co-conceived with Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong 2012); Showing Without Telling – An Alternative Approach to the Trans-Cultural System of Art? (at Centro Dannemann, Brissago 2011), for more information http://www.showingwithouttelling.org; Curating (In/With/Through) Time (part of Conflicting Tales, with De Appel Curatorial Programme, Berlin 2009); Torrent launch (at Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris, 2012);

Magazine Torrent: Available issues: Nalini Malani, pilot edition, Documenta 13 (Summer 2012); Torrent n°1 (Spring 2013); Torrent n°2 (Spring 2014). For more information: http://torrentmagazine.org/ Worldwide distribution by IDEA Books Amsterdam: http://www.ideabooks.nl

Symposia, Panels: Sites of Construction: Exhibitions and the making of recent art history in Asia, Asia Art Archive (Hong Kong, 2013); Pan-Asia—Mapping Contemporary Art, UBS Arts Forum (Wolfsberg, 2013); Cultural Ecology Hong Kong, Asia Society (Hong Kong, 2013); Kunstszene China, Museum Rietberg/Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Zürich (2013); Art Global—Beyond the Hype?, UBS Arts Forum (Wolfsberg, 2013); Asia’s New Private Institutions, Art Basel (Basel, 2013); Multi-discplinary curating: on I Think It Rains, Hong Kong Baptist University, Academy of Visual Arts (Hong Kong, 2013); Art & Culture—Social Responsibility, Swissnex China (Shanghai, 2011); AAA Backroom Conversations, ART HK (2007-2012).

Public artist talks: Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler; Damien Roach; Fiete Stolte; Jaume Plensa; Mathilde ter Heijne; Fernando Bryce (part of Conflicting Tales, 2009); Bani Abidi, Barthélémy Toguo (part of Showing Without Telling, 2010), Kingsley Ng, Enoch Cheung, Yiufai Chow, Choi Yan-chi, Lau Ching Ping, Ng Ka Chun, Reds Cheung, Annie Lai-kuen Wan, Lam Tung Pang (part of I Think It Rains, 2013).

Theory/Conversations: Manuel Cirauqui, On the Vanishing Point of Intellectual Activity (2009); Jörg Heiser, Godard or Hitchcock? Theory’s Expectations of Art, and Vice Versa (2009); Jitish Kallat, The Layering of Unintended Meanings (2010); Titus Kaphar, Remembering Things Differently (2011); Eva Kernbauer, Pictures in/and/as Discourse: Representations in the Subject/Object Split (2010); Nalini Malani,Quarries of Blindness and Shadows of Hope (2012); Johan Pousette, International Vibrancy – Local Relevance (2011). For more information:

Real-time activities: From Dusk Till Dawn, Hong Kong 2013 (part of I Think It Rains); p-r-o-x-y, Topological Inquiries, Berlin 2009 (part of Conflicting Tales); Live Speakers, Berlin 2009 (part of Conflicting Tales).

Cooperation partners: Universität der Künste, Berlin; Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin; Text (art magazine), Berlin; De Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam; DAAD—German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin; TANAS (Project Room for Turkish Art), Berlin; Program (Initiative for Art + Architecture Collaborations), Berlin; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; 1a space, Hong Kong.


For more information about the collection visit www.burgercollection.org