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From a German Perspective: Starting in Mid-November, Moscow's Pushkin Museum will be showing 20th-century masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank Collection

Uwe Kowski, Ohne Titel, 1992
Sammlung Deutsche Bank © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2004

With the exhibition From a German Perspective, Deutsche Bank will be presenting over 140 outstanding masterpieces from their extensive collection in Moscow's Pushkin Museum from November 17 2004 to January 16 2005. From Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele Münter, and Max Beckmann to Günther Uecker, Gerhard Richter, and Neo Rauch: outstanding paintings, drawings, and sculptures by some 50 German-speaking artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection will be presented in chronological order in seven exhibition rooms of the Pushkin Museum. Step by step, each section reflects a stage in the development of German art over the past century.

The exhibition, put on in the context of the German-Russian Cultural Encounters 2003/2004, offers a fascinating insight into the conception and genesis of one of the most renowned international corporate collections. Starting out from the works and progressive visions of Classic Modernism, the collection has been open to contemporary developments from the very beginning.

Max Beckmann, Ruderer, 1928
Sammlung Deutsche Bank

In the late seventies, Deutsche Bank became one of the first concerns to unite the art and working worlds, focussing its attention principally on works on paper. Thus, the world's largest corporate art collection was born, which consists of over 50,000 works displayed in the bank's premises worldwide for the enjoyment of staff members, customers, and guests.

The range of artistic perspectives represented in the Pushkin Museum exhibition focus on a period of German history that is marked not only by the catastrophic effects of two world wars, but also by radical intellectual transformation. In this sense, From a German Perspective-Masterpieces from the Deutsche Bank Collection highlights main currents in German art from Expressionism and New Objectivity to post-war art, concluding with prominent representatives of contemporary positions.

Ludwig Kirchner, Bahnhof Königstein, 1917
Sammlung Deutsche Bank
©Dr. Wolfgang und Ingeborg Henze-Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern

Common traits and contrasts between artists' generations are illuminated here, revealing a highly specific perspective on Germany's national and artistic identity. Many works are being presented to the Russian public for the very first time, affording visitors a direct experience of the many and various facets of German 20th-century art. As a cooperation between the Pushkin Museum and Deutsche Bank Art - the Russian and German curators respectively - the exhibition has been conceived as the continuation of a cultural dialogue between national tradition and the future perspectives of a united Europe.

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