The idealistic art-salon
initiated in 2008 by Fré and Jacqueline Ilgen in their Berlin apartment is a series of moderated discussions and one evening international exhibitions, including major artworks from private collections, leading galleries and artists, across times and cultures.

The main question is not if art should question or rattle, but:
What does an artifact by itself offer another person?


A series publicly acknowledged by Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch with their decision to support “Checkpoint Ilgen” with the prize money connected to the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award 2014 they themselves received. Also occasionally financially supported by individuals, like in 2016 by Marc Maennig, and regularly pragmatically supported by galleries for artworks exhibited on such events.


The interest in such events is confirmed by the steady amount of attending persons, from various cities in Germany and Europe, but also from other parts of the world coming over for the occasion. Art lovers, collectors, artists, critics, art historians, curators, museum directors, art press.

For precise information on past and/or planned events you are kindly requested to approach us per email.


Specific views and opinions from art professionals and other fields, on the experience evoked by works of art. Including cultural differences and coinciding interests in creativity and perception, including (neuro)biological as well as art historical facts and broader cultural features.

Main guests/speakers

  • Christian Awe, artist, Berlin, Germany
  • Michael Beck, gallerist Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art
  • Mayen Beckmann, Estate Max Beckmann, Berlin/Cologne, Germany
  • François Blanchetière, curator at the musée Rodin, Paris and Meudon, France
  • Lynn Stern, artist, New York, USA
  • Carol Brown Goldberg, artist, Washington DC, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Ernest Edmonds, computer-scientist, London/Sydney, UK/Australia
  • Shingo Francis, artist, Yokohama/Los Angeles, Japan/USA
  • Prof. Hazem Taha Hussein, artist, art professor RUW Royal University for Women, Cairo/Bahrain, Egypt/Bahrain
  • Dr. Parag Khanna, global strategist, Singapore
  • Dr. Donald Kuspit, art critic, New York, USA
  • Thomas M. Messer, director emeritus Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Partha Mitra, physicist and neuroscientist, New York, USA
  • Ambassador Bolat Nussupov, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Berlin
  • Heiner Pietzsch, businessman, collector, Berlin, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Klaas Ruitenbeek, Director Asia Museum Berlin, Germany
  • Irving Sandler, art critic, New York, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Paul Unschuld, professor in history, theory and ethics in medicine, Charité University Berlin, Germany
  • Thomas Vroom, collector, the Netherlands
  • Dr. Julia Wallner, Director George Kolbe Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • Wang Tianling, Counselor Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Berlin
  • Dr. Marc Wellmann, museum exhibition director, Berlin, Germany
  • Lian Yang, poet, independent curator, London/Berlin (nationality Chinese), UK/Germany

Collaboration for exhibited artworks

  • Matthias Arndt Galerie
  • Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art
  • Circle Culture Galerie
  • Galerie die Möwe
  • Michael Fuchs Galerie
  • Bernhard Heiliger Stiftung
  • Wolfgang Werner Kunsthandel
  • Sundaram Tagore Gallery
  • Collection Fré & Jacqueline Ilgen
  • ACT Collection Siegfried Loch
  • the Ulla and Heiner Pietzsch Collection
  • Karin Adrian von Roques
  • Thomas and Ineke Vroom Collection
  • several other private collections
  • the artists