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The Long Night of Museums in Munich at Theresie

Featuring lots of glass, well-lit atria, courtyards and a piazetta that invits visitors to stroll around, Theresie – an ensemble of buildings developed by DB Real Estate Investment GmbH in the heart of Munich – welcomed guests to its exhibition Revolt or Revolution. I'll Paint a Picture... as part of the Bavarian state capital's Long Night of Museums on July 12.

Exhibition view, in the foreground Neo Rauch, Stereo, 2001

The new office building on the Teresienhöhe – across for the Theresienwiese – opened to the public for the first time for this event, from 7:00 PM until 1:00 AM. Visitors were able to view several important large-format paintings from the Deutsche Bank Collection. With paintings by Georg Baselitz, Karl Horst Hödicke, Jörg Immendorf, Markus Oehlen, Neo Rauch and Bernd Zimmer, Theresie gathered together a group of painters whose works represent a panorama of individual art history, artistic developments and modern German identity. (For more information, please refer to an article about the return of "Heftige Malerei" of the 1980s here and on the work of Neo Rauch here.)

Neo Rauch, Unschuld, 2001

Some 900 visitors took advantage of the guided tours offered every hour by Valery Dresdüsse of Deutsche Bank's art division. The tours focused on the dialogue between art and architecture, exemplified by the sensuous and modern impression made by the Theresie complex, as it is reflected by the artworks on display. The guided tours proved popular, and visitors appeared especially impressed by a monumental piece by Bernd Zimmer, Die Flut (The Flood) from 1977, which, with its powerful explosion of colour, awakened in many memories of the catastrophic flooding in Germany last year.

Valery Dresrüsse guides through the exhibition

Museumsuferfest Frankfurt 2003:
Guided Art Tours through the Twin Towers on the Main

For three days this summer, Frankfurt will celebrate its museums and its river. The Museumsuferfest is a unique collection of presentations by the city's cultural institutions and those who work in the arts. This year's Museumsuferfest will run from August 29 – 31 under the slogan "Never-ending History." Art, culture and the lightness of being melt into a grand and spectacular celebration.

With an estimated three million visitors annually, and with all of its museum programming, stage productions, projects and performances, the Museumsuferfest is one of Europe's largest cultural festivals. The city's museums offer special programmes and events, which are accompanied by a large open-air festival.

Markus Oehlen, Untitled, 1985

Further highlights are the guided tours of the banks' corporate collections, which are not otherwise accessible to the public. And of course, that includes the Deutsche Bank Collection. Starting with Max Bill's granite sculpture Kontinuität (Continuity) – its installation in October 1986 marked the end of the first decisive phase in the fitting out of Frankfurt's twin towers with artworks – the tour takes visitors through the building to works on paper by Joseph Beuys, and on to large-format photographs by Miwa Yanagi, Candida Höfer and Günther Förg.

Jörg Immendorff, Angel, from Café Deutschland gut, 1983
Deutsche Bank Collection ©Jörg Immendorff, Düsseldorf

The tour allows a taste of the bank's history of art collecting, as well as the continuous development of the pilot project "Art in the Workplace." The collection, initially limited to German artists, has become increasingly international. In 1997, as a one-time joint venture between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank, the Deutsche Guggenheim was opened. It has hosted top-level exhibitions as well as space-specific commissioned works. In Frankfurt in 2001, the project Shipped Ships by Ayse Erkmen kicked off the international art series Moment, which displayed temporary installations in public spaces.

Karl Horst Hödicke, Kusamba, 1980
Deutsche Bank Collection © Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek, Düsseldorf

On Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, visitors to the Museumsuferfest have the opportunity to go on Deutsche Bank's guided art tours at the top of every hour from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The meeting-point is Max Bill's "infinite" sculptural ribbon, in front of the main entrance to the twin towers on Taunusufer.