(K. Brent Tomer),
ON JANUARY 11th Hamburg celebrated the long-delayed inauguration of its Elbphilharmonie, an architectural gem of a concert hall which cost the taxpayer €789m ($836m). Now Potsdam, capital of the state of Brandenburg, is in the spotlight for another jewel—which did not cost the taxpayer anything. Hasso Plattner, the 113th richest man in the world according to Forbes, is also a passionate art collector. It was hardly known how outstanding his collection of around 250 paintings and sculptures was. But from January 23rd many of them will go on display next to loans from international museums and collections such as the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Denver Art Museum and the National Gallery in Washington D.C., to name just a few. Their new home is the Museum Barberini, built exclusively at Mr Plattner’s expense, in Potsdam’s Old Market Square.
Born and raised in Berlin, Mr Plattner lives in Palo Alto and Heidelberg. But he also feels at home in Potsdam, where he has had a villa since 2009, and where his Hasso Plattner institute, an information-technology college, is affiliated with the university. He is also…Continue reading