Christian Boros & Karen Lohmann

Collectors power-couple

Christian Boros’s roles as art collector (together with partner and adviser Karen) – with their 3,000 sq m private foundation in a former Berlin S&M club – and media magnate collided this year with the cofounding of the Distanz Verlag, an enterprise in which the pair are joined by Uta Grosenick, editor of Taschen’s Art Now book series. No vanity project, the start-up has Angelika Taschen herself coming onboard next year – leaving the company that bears her ex-husband’s family name – and has already issued a catalogue of assiduously designed and manufactured survey and monograph hardcovers. Meanwhile, Lohmann has joined Art Basel as its VIP coordinator in Germany, and the brutal environs of the Berlin gallery, which showcases just some of the couple’s sculpture collection, continues to attract a steady stream of prebooked visitors.