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From the current exhibitions of the Deutsche Bank Collection

The View upon the Ego can been seen at the Museum Weserburg in Bremen until 15 June. The exhibition curator, Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, will give a lecture there on 15 May. Meanwhile, The Return of the Giants enjoyed a warm reception by both the press and the public in Mexico.

"I alone know who I am":
A lecture on the exhibition "The View upon the Ego," by Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, Global Head, Deutsche Bank Art

The subject and central focus of the exhibition TheView upon the Ego is the image of Man in the 20th Century. Some 80 drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs from the Deutsche Bank Collection take a look at an epoch that was influenced equally by collective visions and by the struggle for individual self-determination. The View upon the Ego at the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen concentrates on the artistic depiction of 20th Century Man, and on cultural changes as reflected by those who portrayed them.

Within the framework of the exhibition, the curator of the Deutsche Bank Collection, Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, will give a lecture on 15 May, 2003 in which she will describe the concept of the exhibition as well as introduce the Deutsche Bank Collection as seen from the perspective of the exhibition's themes. In her lecture, entitled "I alone know who I am," Dr. Grigoteit will address the question of how identity is defined: what consequences does social change have for us, and for our behavioral codex; for the way generations deal with each other; for different cultures and the individual development of identity? How do self-portraits connect different portrayals of personalities? And what does this say about the times in which we live? How is the image of Man created and what effect does it have?

You are cordially invited to the lecture on 15 May, at the Neue Musuem Weserburg in Bremen, Teerhof 20, 28199 Bremen. The lecture will begin at 5:00 pm. Further information on the exhibition and accompanying events is available here, or call: 0049-(0)421-59 83 9-0.

It's a hit: The exhibition "El Regreso de los Gigantes/The Return of the Giants" at the Museo de Arte Contemoraneo in Mexico was well-received by both the public and the press.

The exhibition El Regreso de los Gigantes/The Return of the Giants, which was presented from 27 February through 27 April in the Museo de Arte Contemoraneo in Mexico City, was an overwhelming success with both visitors and the press. Within the first few days of the exhibition, several thousand visitors had already come to see the presentation of "Heftige Malerei" from Germany.

exhibition view

The presentation of some 150 works on paper and paintings by artists Elvira Bach, Georg Baselitz, Walter Dahn, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, Rainer Fetting, Antonius Höckelmann, Karl Horst Hödicke, Jörg Immendorf, Dieter Krieg, Markus Lüpertz, Helmut Middendorf and A.R. Penck were for many newspapers an opportunity to reflect on the influence by German painting of the 1980s on Mexican artists of the time.

Germain Gomez Haro wrote in the daily newspaper La Jornada: "Neo-expressionist painting in Germany occured simultaneously with similarly-themed movements elsewhere: the Transavanguardia in Italy, Figuration Libre in France, New Image Painting in the United States and Neomexicanism in our own country. Visitors to this exhibition will be able to detect parallels between a few German and Mexican painters such as Roberto Parodi, Rocio Maldonado, German Venegas, Arturo Marty, and many other artists who were enthusiastic about the work of German colleagues active in this field during those years."

exhibition view

Previously, Merry Mac Masters had reported extensively in the same newspaper about the committment of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation: "The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation is currently considering the possibility of buying works by young Mexican artists in order to build a collection of Latin American painting. (...) The purchasing policies of Deutsche Bank concentrate on 'thematic work groups' that demonstrate a specific direction or share a certain characteristic. Their attention is particularly trained on young artists, since the interest is in picking up on new trends."

pressconference in Mexico City:
Luis-Martin Lozano, Héctor Ramos, Judith Gómez del Campo, Miguel Noriega

Thus, the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation continues the concept set out by the Deutsche Bank Collection since its inception, namely supporting young artist as early as possible by buying their works. On the occasion of El Regreso de los Gigantes, the chairmen of Deutsche Bank Mexico, Miguel Noriega and Pablo Hernandez, addressed the idea behind developing the collection in an article in the German-Mexican cultural magazine Mitt: "The Deutsche Bank Collection stems from the idea of bringing the arts and working worlds closer together, with the goal of setting in motion creative synergies between the two. By mounting the exhibition The Return of the Giants in Latin America, Deutsche Bank Art has built yet another bridge across the Atlantic, between these cultures."

The exhibition continues its tour through Latin America in Brazil, where it can be seen from 18 June through 31 August 2003 at the Museu de Arte Moderna in Sao Paulo.

Translation: Tanya Ott