Where Does He Keep All These Fabulous Toys?

Art and Toys

Berlin was filled with so many unexpected surprises, the most memorable of which happened on our final day in the city. After hearing that Collectors Room Berlin has opened its doors to Selim Varol, a 39 year old native of Düsseldorf and lover of toys, we were determined to get a sneak peak of the Art & Toys show before heading back to New York. Turns out our relentless attitudes paid off and we were lucky enough to get a private tour of the gallery space on Friday, our last day in Berlin and just 24 hours before the show opened to the public. There were still a few works to be hung and toys to be placed, but considering in total there are more than 3,000 pieces on display, the space looked amazing even with a few bare spots on the colossal walls.

The modern simplicity of the gallery space is a perfect compliment to Varol’s collection. He has been amassing toys and street art since purchasing his first piece by KAWS almost fifteen years ago. Since then, his collection has grown exponentially and has become less of a hobby and more of a lifestyle. Varol now calls many of the artists his close friends, some of whom made the trip to Berlin for the opening and produced special works in honor of the show.

Art & Toys will be up at Collectors Room Berlin through September 16th. I highly recommend you check it out if want an excuse to start a toy collection; I have already added a few more small Bearbricks to my ever growing windowsill of trinkets.

The toy that started it all. Varol began his collection after purchasing this piece, by KAWS, in Japan in the late 90s.

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Toys by various artists

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Toys by Joe Ledbetter

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Visionaire’s designer toys

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Selim Varol working on his Joe Ledbetter installation…

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… Finished product

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Skateboard wall

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Shepard Fairey Gallery

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Piece by Zevs

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Majority of work by Blek Le Rat

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American Depress by Dface

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All work by JR

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Patriotism Buff Monster Style

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Various Artists

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Complete Bearbrick collection

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All pieces by KAWS

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Final gallery

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