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The Jochheim Collection

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The Jochheim Collection

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 Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection values the dialogue its owners 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.

For more information on the Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, visit this post in the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors.

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What was the first work of art you acquired? (And since when do you collect art?)

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

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.

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What was your motivation to start a collection?

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

Over the years we acquired quite a few, interest grew and, about 35 years ago, a collection was born. So it just happened.

Frank Stella, The Prophet, 1990 Painted Aluminium, 180 x 180 x 65 cm
Frank Stella, The Prophet, 1990 Painted Aluminium, 180 x 180 x 65 cm
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 x 10 cm
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 x 10 cm
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How has collecting changed your approach to art?

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

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.

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How do you find new works that fit your collection and its concept?

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

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.

Thomas and Ingrid Jochheim, Photo by Robert Schnittko ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection
Thomas and Ingrid Jochheim, Photo by Robert Schnittko ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection
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
Jonathan Meese, Klingsor Meesi, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 210 x 140 cm
Jonathan Meese, Klingsor Meesi, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 210 x 140 cm
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How did you hear about the BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors?

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

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.

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Why did you decide to open your collection to the public?

Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim

Open to the public we decided a few years ago 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.

Wolf Vostell, Die Umarmung, 1993, Acryl + Blattgold on Canvas, 190 x 160 cm
Wolf Vostell, Die Umarmung, 1993, Acryl + Blattgold on Canvas, 190 x 160 cm
Robert Combas, Goutons Le Bon Vin, 2003 Acryl on Canvas, 218 x 185 cm
Robert Combas, Goutons Le Bon Vin, 2003 Acryl on Canvas, 218 x 185 cm
Installation view ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher
Installation view ©Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection, Photo: Claus Rottenbacher

All images courtesy of the Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim Collection