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Living with Art:
Deutsche Bank and Architectural Digest together at Art Cologne

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Funghi 11, 1998
Deutsche Bank Collection (c)Peter Fischli/ David Weiss, Courtesy Galerie Sprüth/ Philomene Magers, Cologne

This year, Deutsche Bank will be sponsoring the Art Cologne. From October 28 through November 1 2005, Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management and Deutsche Bank Art will be making an appearance at Germany’s most important art fair with a number of activities including a VIP lounge, discussion forums on the art market, as well as an exhibition from the bank’s collection.

Under the motto "Living with Art" and in collaboration with the renowned design magazine Architectural Digest, Deutsche Bank is presenting a new lounge concept in the Rheinhallen in Cologne (Hall 9, 1st Floor, Stand C20): in a VIP area designed as a loft apartment, a good 90 works of art by around 20 international artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection will be on show. Today, they’re part of the largest and most important corporate collection worldwide with over 50,000 works. When the collection celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, London-based star architect Zaha Hadid created the Futurist environment for the anniversary exhibition 25 at the Deutsche Guggenheim. Now, the collection is once again entering into a symbiosis with contemporary architecture and design in the unique project "Living with Art." The living area, designed by Architectural Digest, creates an unusual field of experimentation in which a show of international contemporary art is combined with examples of exclusive living culture. At the same time, the full spectrum of contemporary art in the Deutsche Bank Collection becomes visible: the cool elegance of All the best, the autograph series by the New York artist Richard Prince, is juxtaposed with a photo series by the Swiss duo Fischli and Weiss, while Richard Artschwager’s minimalist interior drawings correspond with the delicately colored watercolors of the young American Nina Bovasso. "We’re particularly focussing on the works of Rosemarie Trockel and Richard Artschwager, both of whom we’ve been cooperating with for years. Particular attention is being paid to them at this year’s Art Cologne,” as Friedhelm Hütte, Director of Deutsche Bank Art, explains. Along with representatives of a younger generation, such as the Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi or the Frankfurt-born Tobias Rehberger, "Living with Art" is showing numerous works by German artists who have already been attracting worldwide attention for decades: Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, and Martin Kippenberger.

Tobias Rehberger, Tout pour les Femmes, 2001
Deutsche Bank Collection, (c)Rehberger, Courtesy Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt am Main

At the same time, the lounge is a communication forum for Deutsche Bank’s numerous client events. Among these are the discussion series "Art Market Talks", a tradition that will also be continued by Private Wealth Management this year. Among the guests are, among others, the art critic Dr. Eduard Beaucamp and Linde Rohr-Bongard, author of the renowned Capital-Kunstkompass. As Johannes Baratta, responsible for Private Wealth Management of Deutsche Bank in Germany, emphasizes, the event series will offer current views of the art scene and the art market: "The bank not only has many years of experience as an art collector. It also has it own art consulting team in Private Wealth Management. The consulting is neutral and comes from one source. We scrutinize the market and draw our clients’ attention to segments that seem little noticed to us but that possess the potential for an increase in value. But we also warn them when we have the impression that a boom is occurring on hollow ground. Along with that, we help our clients in the transference of larger estates with art collections, and we support them in creating foundations with a cultural background – all the way to founding a new museum. This form of art consulting is unique in Germany."

Along with the VIP Lounge, Deutsche Bank will be present at Art Cologne with its own press stand to provide information on the bank’s ongoing commitment to contemporary art. The bank was able to commission Kirstine Roepstorff (*1972) for a poster edition, shopping bag, and limited-edition sticker. From October 29 to February 2006, an exhibition with works by Rosemarie Trockel will be on show at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, supported by the Deutsche Bank Foundation. And Richard Artschwager received the renowned Wolfgang Hahn Prize on October 26 in Cologne.

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