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"25" at Deutsche Guggenheim, Photo: Mathias Schormann

Deutsche Bank’s Anniversary Exhibition on Tour:
Bye-Bye Berlin, Hello Tokyo

After breaking a visitors’ record at the Deutsche Guggenheim, "25," the anniversary exhibition of the Deutsche Bank Collection, can be seen starting January 2006 at the renowned Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

On Monday, June 27 2005, "25," the anniversary exhibition of the Deutsche Bank Collection, closed its doors after breaking a record. Over 42,000 visitors came to see the exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin. Since April 30 2005, over 300 works of art from the renowned corporate collection were presented there. The show inspired incomparable interest among Deutsche Bank’s private clients, as well: after a total of 78 guided tours, over 2,000 clients were convinced by the special status art has been enjoying in corporate culture since a quarter of a century.

Imbedded in the futurist exhibition architecture of the London star architect Zaha Hadid, the show united works by over 140 artists: Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Tracey Emin, Max Ernst, Wassily Kandinsky, Martin Kippenberger, Paul Klee, Julie Mehretu, Piet Mondrian, Emil Nolde, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Wolfgang Tillmans, Bill Viola, and Miwa Yanagi were only some of the more exceptional artists that could be seen in Berlin.

"25" at Deutsche Guggenheim, Interior View, Photo: Mathias Schormann

"Dynamic, moving, and exciting" is what the Financial Times Deutschland wrote about the extraordinary exhibition, in which 25 prominent godfathers and godmothers, friends and long-time companions to the collection, presented their favorite works. The unusual experiment of combining innovative exhibition design with personal views in corporate art met with an overwhelmingly positive response. For the first time, the "pathway of surprises" (Rheinpfalz) at the Deutsche Guggenheim offered the public the possibility to experience the collection in all its facets: "Nobody takes art more seriously," as the Welt praised Deutsche Bank’s commitment to art; while Bild wrote: "It’s a real sin not to visit the sensational Guggenheim exhibition at Unter den Linden."

Originally, the Berlin show, curated by Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, was scheduled to run through June 19; due to the immense public interest, however, it was extended to June 27 2005, offering free admission and hitting a new record on the final day, when almost 3,000 visitors waited in long queues for one last chance to see the Berlin show. During the final hour, visitors and organizers celebrated with a big birthday cake, saying their goodbyes to the anniversary exhibition and sending it on a world tour: the next station, beginning on January 28 2006, is the renowned Mori Art Museum on the Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. There, the collection’s riches will open up new horizons on the 52nd floor of the famous Mori Tower.

January 28 – June 19 2006
Mori Art Museum
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 52nd floor
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-Ku

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