BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors

INGRID AND THOMAS JOCHHEIM

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection – Berlin, Germany

The collector couple describes the discovery process, which has led them to around 700 artworks to date, as emotional. Niki de Saint Phalle and Christo are represented alongside equally well-known contemporaries such as Ólafur Elíasson, Tomás Saraceno, Jonathan Meese, and Michael Sailstorfer. The Jochheims value the dialogue they have with those artists. Their works became a permanent fixture in the couple’s lives between Recklinghausen and Berlin, where the collection has also been open to the public since 2013.

What was the first work of art you acquired? (And since when do you collect art?)
We have been married 45 years and bought our first lithograph about 42 years ago to decorate our new home. We were far from having a collection.

What was your motivation to start a collection?
Over the years we acquired quite a few, interest grew and, about 35 years ago, a collection was born. So it just happened.

John Chamberlain Teil eines gepressten Autos, 1978 Metall, 90 x 50 x 40 - below: Günther Uecker Adidas Schuh 19.72 Terracotta und Nägel 32 x 10 x10 cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
John Chamberlain Teil eines gepressten Autos, 1978 Metall, 90 x 50 x 40 - below: Günther Uecker Adidas Schuh 19.72 Terracotta und Nägel 32 x 10 x10 cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Jeff Koons Balloon Venus 2014 painted Resin, 65x 30 x 20x cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Jeff Koons Balloon Venus 2014 painted Resin, 65x 30 x 20x cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Tomás Saraceno Canis Mayor, 2016 Metall, Polyester Rope, black Panels 3 Moduls 72 x 106 x 92 cm 2 Moduls 82 x 105 x 60 cm - below: Christo Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, 1978 Zeichnung auf Papier in 2 Teilen 244 x 106,5 244 x 38 cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Tomás Saraceno Canis Mayor, 2016 Metall, Polyester Rope, black Panels 3 Moduls 72 x 106 x 92 cm 2 Moduls 82 x 105 x 60 cm - below: Christo Mastaba, Project for Abu Dhabi, 1978 Zeichnung auf Papier in 2 Teilen 244 x 106,5 244 x 38 cm ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher

How has collecting changed your approach to art?
The interaction with art, artists, gallery owners and museum directors became more and more important for us in the exchange. It opens the mind, the view, brings tolerance and vision. Everything has found expression in our daily life.

How do you find new works that fit your collection and its concept?
By chance, we came into contact with post-war art at the time, the Nouveaux Réalistes, Pop Art. Both fascinated us, and still do today. So these have become our main paths, but we also collect young art. We just look at a lot of things and make our choices.

How did you hear about the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors?
We learned about Independent Collectors from Professor Dr. Thomas Girst, who is responsible for the art and culture engagement for BMW worldwide. We also interviewed collectors who are already represented and decided to join.

Why did you decide to open your collection to the public?
We decided to share our passion and the artworks. Shared joy is double joy, as the saying goes. We can confirm that.
We love to visit other private collections and exchange ideas, even if the content is different from ours.

Installation view ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Installation view ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher

Berlin (25)

Johann König

Messe in St. Agnes

Juliet Kothe and Julia Rust

Initiators of Collection Night, Berlin

Contemporary Fine Arts – Berlin, Germany

From West to East and Back Again: a Berlin Institution That’s Made Its Mark

Peres Projects – Berlin, Germany

Bridging the Gap Between Los Angeles and Berlin

Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler – Berlin, Germany

One of the most cutting-edge galleries in Berlin

Initiating Dialogues

Sammlung Hoffmann – Berlin, Germany

Conversation Pieces

KUNSTSAELE Berlin – Berlin, Germany

Christian & Karen Boros

Sammlung Boros – Berlin, Germany

Time Stamps

Julia Stoschek Collection – Berlin, Germany

Present Pasts

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Shine On

Wurlitzer – Berlin-Pied-à-Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Conceptual Authenticity

Sammlung Barbara und Axel Haubrok - haubrok projects - Berlin, Germany

Timo Miettinen

Salon Dahlmann – Berlin, Germany

Désiré Feuerle

The Feuerle Collection – Berlin, Germany

Gudrun & Bernd Wurlitzer

Wurlitzer Pied A Terre Collection – Berlin, Germany

Pétur Arason

Safn – Berlin, Germany / Reykjavík, Iceland

Thomas Olbricht

ME Collectors Room Berlin/Stiftung Olbricht – Berlin, Germany

Joëlle and Eric Romba

Rocca Stiftung – Berlin, Germany

Ivo Wessel

Sammlung Ivo Wessel - Berlin, Germany

Maike Cruse

2020 Gallery Weekend Berlin

Sammlung Wemhöner

A spontaneous exhibition set up in the now empty ballroom, before opening in 2023 as the collection's new home

Gallery Weekend Berlin 2022

THE FAIREST

Interview with Georgie Pope and Eleonora Sutter, Co-founders

MATTHIAS ARNDT

Collector behind the ARNDT Collection