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Future Perspectives for Work and Art:
An Innovative Deutsche Bank AG Building Opens in Stuttgart

Opening event:
Main hall of the Deutsche Bank building in Stuttgart

In Germany, Stuttgart has long been considered second only to the stock market capitol Frankfurt as a place of trade. But as far as art is concerned, Stuttgart also holds a strong position in southern Germany with its institutions, galleries, two academies and vital art scene. The art in the Deutsche Bank's new and innovative building, which opens on September 27, 2004 in the center of Stuttgart, reflects this cultural diversity.

Flexibility is what characterizes Deutsche Bank's new building on Theodor-Heuss-Strasse in Stuttgart. With the innovative "db Smart Office" the employees here are offered the possibility of designing their own work space according to individual needs and requirements. Even the building's architecture reflects the idea of a mobile office where details can be altered at any time. No matter if this is applied to one's own desk or to another place within the building. In a "clever office" the employee always has his or her files at hand in a roll container. Short routes and direct communication are priorities. The progressive concept was developed by Deutsche Bank together with the Fraunhofer Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO) as well as with large firms - of course on site in Stuttgart.

The bank's concept fits well into this atmosphere of free spatial design, whereby a reference to the cultural milieu can be made in every branch. For the new building in the city center, works by artists rooted in Stuttgart

have been selected that have a spectrum ranging from Classical Modernism to contemporary young art. Next to works by Willi Baumeister or Oskar Schlemmer, who dedicated his central theme - the relationship between man and space - to his design for the Triadische Ballett, there will also be works exhibited by Anton Stankowski, who designed the famous Deutsche Bank logo in the 70s. In 1951, Stankowski founded his own graphic studio in the Killesberg in Stuttgart. Together with Willi Baumeister, Walter Cantz, Egon Eiermann, Mia Seeger and others, a new cultural circle was formed which defined decisive impulses in post-war art, architecture and design.

from the left:
Wilhelm von Haller, member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bank AG,
Erwin Teufel, the Minister President of the County of Baden-Württemberg,
Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, the Stuttgart Mayor,
Dr.Joseph Ackermann, the chair speaker of the Deutsche Bank AG.

In addition the internationally successful, younger art generation will also place accents in Stuttgart's new building. There will be works by the Esslingen born Tobias Rehberger, and by Karin Sander who in 2002 realized her project wordsearch in New York for Deutsche Bank's art series moment, and who was also represented in the same year at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart with a large retrospective. After over two years of construction, the bank's new building will celebrate its grand opening on September 27th, whereby, in addition to Wilhelm von Haller as member of the executive board of the Deutsche Bank AG, Stuttgart, other prominent speakers can be expected: the chair speaker of the Deutsche Bank AG, Dr. Joseph Ackermann, the Stuttgart Mayor, Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, and the Minister President of the County of Baden-Württemberg, Erwin Teufel .

Additional information about the opening of the new building can be found in the special addition, which will be published on the previous Saturday, September 25th in the Stuttgarter Nachrichten.

Translation: Laura Bruce

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