Erika and Rolf Hoffmann made their first discoveries in contemporary art in the 1960s at the early Documentas in Kassel as well as in the museums, art halls and art associations in the Rhineland. Discussions with artists about their concepts and the works that they embodied became an intellectual challenge in private, but also creative inspiration in the professional field. In order to maintain direct access to the ideas and discourses of the art scene in spite of family and running their own company, they occasionally decided to make their first purchases in the late 1960s, mostly works by artist friends. She was enthusiastic about the variety of artistic expressions as an essential characteristic of contemporary art in her eyes. They were looking for innovations, regardless of the medium. The preoccupation with contemporary art gave them the opportunity to deal with current issues in society. After the sale of their company in 1985, the Hoffmanns took more time and financial freedom for their passion. As before, however, they understood their collecting as a passion only following personal taste and interest, which accordingly remained private. That changed with the fall of the wall. Since Erika and Rolf Hoffmann wanted to actively shape the social and cultural changes after reunification, they developed the idea of an art gallery in Dresden in a public-private partnership based on a bold architectural design by the American artist Frank Stella. The Hoffmanns - as the initiators of the project, which was supposed to finance itself in the long term - wanted to attract investors as donors and other collectors as lenders. When their project failed due to government resistance, they began to think about a private and thus independent way of opening their collection to the outside world.
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