A private museum at the center of Berlin’s art scene may shutter in the coming few years as a result of concerns over surging real estate prices in the city. Collector Julia Stoschek, who is known for her vast collection of moving-image art, may be forced to close her namesake private museum in 2022 at the end of its lease. The German publication Welt am Sonntag first reported the news.
Early reports suggested that the closure of the space was definite. On Instagram, however, the Julia Stoschek Collection countered that by saying it was only a possibility. “There are considerations in this direction,” Stoschek said in a statement. “However, there are still a few more crucial conversations to be had.”
The Julia Stoschek Collection, which also operates a Dusseldorf museum, first opened its Berlin outpost in 2016 in World War II–era Czech cultural center. “The space in Berlin marks a very important and very interesting chapter of East German history,” Stoschek told ARTnews ahead of its opening. Since then, it has been home to a series of important video art shows, including solo exhibitions for Ian Cheng and Arthur Jafa.
According to the Welt am Sonntag report, Stoschek, who has ranked on the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list every year since 2012, has been trying to get the government-operated Institute for Federal Real Estate not to raise her rent. The institute has reportedly tried to increase the museum’s rent because of proposed renovations to its exterior, and it has also denied Stoschek’s offers to purchase the building outright.
Stoschek is not the only major German collector facing issues involving real estate and private museums, however. Thomas Olbricht, another ARTnews Top 200 collector, said last week that he would shutter his own space, called the me Collectors Room Berlin. Olbricht’s foundation is now looking to launch partnerships with museums, and it will continue operating an “exhibition ship” devoted to his Wunderkammer in Brandenburg.