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 expands 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. Dealing with art 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 a.o. 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.
From September 2019 the Miettinen Collection is accessible only by appointment on Saturdays from 12 - 6 PM.
The Salon Dahlmann was 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. From 2010 until late 2018 the Salon presented an eclectic program including a range of different formats: exhibitions, concerts, performances and workshops.
The institution was not just a space for cultural meetings and events: The entire house is still devoted to the Arts. Pieces of art are also presented in private apartments, beautifully furnished with a combination of German and Finnish design.
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.