With the exhibition Bauhaus. Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection, one of the world's most important corporate collections is being presented on the Arabian Peninsula for the first time. The show at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) was opened by Dr. Josef Ackermann, Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank, on November 23 on the occasion of the DIFC Summit. Deutsche Bank also announced the establishment of the Deutsche Bank Middle East Foundation, an initiative focused on advancing the Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in the region. The new foundation will focus on funding investments in education, community development, sustainability, and volunteering in the Middle East North Africa region.
Encompassing works ranging from Wassily Kandinsky's drawing cycle Kleine Welten (1922) and Laszlo Moholy-Nagys black-and-white photographs of his Constructivist sculptures, to schematized figures by Oskar Schlemmer, the exhibition, curated by Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head Deutsche Bank Art, brings to life one of the most innovative and influential modern art movements. The Bauhaus was founded by the architect Walter Gropius in 1919. It existed until 1933 and still today is considered one of the influential art schools. At the Bauhaus artists, architects, and designers jointly developed a modern formal language oriented to simplicity and functionality. Nearly all of the important Bauhaus teachers are represented in Dubai, including Max Bill, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Oskar Schlemmer. In addition, the show includes works by Josef Albers and Fritz Winter, two of their most important students. Furthermore, the exhibition illustrates the importance of the medium of drawing for the Bauhaus artists, thus reflecting the focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection: works on paper.
Bauhaus. Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection
November 23 - December 4, 2008
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)