Made in Italy

The new "DB Collection Italy" in Deutsche Bank's headquarters in Milan has opened. Enigmatic installations, large-format photographic works, delicate drawings - the more than 70 works by established star artists and exciting newcomers to the scene pay homage to Italy, the land of longing. For db artmag, Tim Ackermann takes you on an exclusive tour of the exciting collection.

At the Seaside: Massimo Vitali

A suntanned Latin lover next to an extended family, couples in love, romping children - the vacationers in Massimo Vitali's beach panoramas are packed together like sardines. In Vitali's works, the leisure rituals of mass society can be studied down in depth. His Madima Wave is one of the highlights of the Deutsche Bank collection in Milan. Achim Drucks presents the Italian photographer.

Real Romanticism: Alberto Garutti

He has problems with museums. Alberto Garutti would rather install his works in public spaces. No matter whether he is helping decaying buildings get a new façade or illuminatinig street lamps, the Italian artist always makes surprising suggestions on how to improve the world. Tim Ackermann presents Gartutti and in his commissioned work for the Deutsche Bank headquartes in Milan.

Interview Angelika Stepken

2005 the Villa Romana in Florence celebrated its 100th anniversary. Now the artists' house is looking ahead with a new director and a new program. Angelika Stepken intends to give the villa that is sponsored by Deutsche Bank a sharper profile with exhibitions and an international network. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf talked to the new curator about here plans and perspectives.

Italia Now

The Biennale in Venice begins in June. An event enabling visitors to directly experience international positions of contemporary art. But what about the art scene in the nation hosting the Biennale? On the occasion of the opening of the Deutsche Bank Collection Italy, the new edition of db artmag is devoted to current art in the Mediterranean country. +++ Deutsche Bank's new Italian headquarters is situated in the booming Milan suburb Bicocca. The Deutsche Bank Collection Italy was just festively opened there. A tour of the exhibition +++ The sun is shining, the sand is shimmering white, the sea and the sky are a radiant blue. Nevertheless, Massimo Vitali's beach photographs are a far cry from postcard idylls. Too many tourists are packed together in the crystal clear works of the Italian photographer. His large-format work "Madima Wave" is one of the highlights of the Deutsche Bank Collection in Milan.+++ With his installations, Alberto Garutti constantly seeks a link to real life. The artist created a new work for the Deutsche Bank headquarters in Milan – nine benches which serve as rest areas for employees. But the benches only show their real face when the lights go out in the offices +++ 2005, the Villa Romana celebrated its 100th birthday. After extensive renovations, the artists' house in Florence, that is sponsored by Deutsche Bank, is moving into the future with a new director. A conversation with Angelika Stepken about her plans.