The Salon Dahlmann is named after Hildegard Dahlmann, the last owner of the house. The building in Marburger Straße 3 was acquired by the Miettinen family in 2010.
With the Salon Dahlmann, Timo Miettinen has established a link to Berlin’s salon culture tradition, which emerged not far from the direct neighborhood in the area of the Kurfürstendamm in West Berlin. The Salon presents an eclectic program including a range of different formats: exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshops.
The institution is not just a space for cultural meetings and events: The entire house is devoted to the Arts. Annexed to the Salon is a private apartment, beautifully furnished with a combination of German and Finnish design.
It hosts a selection of artworks from the Miettinen collection with changing arrangements often in coordination with the temporary exhibitions in the Salon. For the entrance of the building, the Berlin based artist Björn Dahlem has created a permanent light installation entitled Lokale Gruppe. The courtyard of the house accommodates Säulenskulptur, a sculpture by Hans Arp, courtesy of Foundation Arp.
The Salon is open to visitors every Saturday and offers guided tours through the exhibition and the yard.
Timo Miettinen, chairman of Ensto Oy Finland, has had a close connection with art ever since he was fifteen years old. Together with his mother, he collected Finnish landscape paintings of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Since 2004, he and his wife Iiris Ulin are expanding the collection with contemporary art. Through his work, Timo Miettinen got to know Germany and with homes in Berlin and Helsinki has remained closely connected to the country ever since. “In intellectual terms, Germany was always my second spiritual home. Now this project means I can build a bridge between Berlin and Helsinki, as I also aim to show Finnish artists not yet well known here.”
The collection comprises artworks by contemporary artists of various generations and nationalities, mainly paintings, drawings and sculptures, among them a series of marble sculptures from the Roman Times.
A selection of artists from the collection features Georg Baselitz, Louise Bourgeois, Monica Bonvicini, André Butzer, William Copley, Matthias Dornfeld, Luis Gordillo, Peter Halley, Secundino Hernández, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Matti Kujasalo, Heikki Marila, Kirsi Mikkola, Jussi Niva, Albert Oehlen, Janne Räisänen, Aurora Reinhard, Anselm Reyle, Julian Röder, Helene Schjerfbeck, Marianna Uutinen, Manolo Valdés.
Today the Miettinen Collection is spread among the family’s private apartments in Finland and Berlin.