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The Deutsche Guggenheim is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a lavish show

Deutsche Bank’s new exhibition series will present each spring (from April to June) selected new acquisitions for the Deutsche Bank Collection in the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. The show curated by Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, Director and Global Head of Deutsche Bank Art, is thus a continuation of Deutsche Bank’s presentation of its collection in Berlin through the anniversary exhibition 25, which represented the most successful exhibition ever in the Deutsche Guggenheim.

Laura Owens, untitled, 2004,
Deutsche Bank Collection,
©Courtesy the Artist and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Köln

Wassily Kandinsky, Group Crinolines, 1909
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2007
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the exhibition space on the boulevard Unter den Linden in Berlin, the joint venture between Deutsche Bank and the Guggenheim Foundation will now be celebrated by this show reflecting the unique cooperation. For the first time ever at this decade milestone, the most recent new acquisitions for the bank’s collection will be placed opposite masterpieces from the Guggenheim Foundation, St. Petersburg’s Hermitage, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, Paris’s Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville and the Dakis Joannou Foundation as well as never-before-seen works of art from the corporate collection.

Isa Genzken, Kinder filmen XV, 2005,
Deutsche Bank Collection
©Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln

Kurt Schwitters, Merz 1 B, Bild mit Rotem Kreuz, 1919
Deutsche Bank Collection,
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2007

With stops in Mumbai and Hong Kong following the presentation in Berlin, AFFINITIES, the show marking the 10-year anniversary in the Deutsche Guggenheim, will exhibit 10 artistic pairs with incunabula of art history. The show’s spectrum extends from artworks by Henri Matisse and Vasily Kandinsky through stars of contemporary art, such as Hiroshi Sugimoto and Louise Bourgeois, up to newcomers to the international art scene, like Kai Althoff and Diamantis Sotiropoulos.

Diamantis Sotiropoulos, The strong did what they could and the weak suffered what they must, 2006,
Deutsche Bank Collection,
©Diamantis Sotiropoulos

Robert Delaunay, Rythme, joie de vivre, 1931,
Deutsche Bank Collection
©Robert Delaunay und Nachfahren

For the Affinities exhibition in the Deutsche Guggenheim, commissioned artworks were newly created for the Deutsche Bank Collection. Right at the start, the artist duo Clegg & Guttmann were asked to portray the members of the bank’s Management Board who have been responsible for the Deutsche Guggenheim since 1997. Besides the founder Hilmar Kopper, these are Rolf-E. Breuer and his successor Tessen von Heydebreck. Taken in three individual shootings, these photographs can be put together as a whole and seen as an image of the first decade. The photo portraits complement their pendant, the diptych by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. In front of the spectacular titanium façade of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, he took a photograph of Thomas Krens standing over Ariane Grigoteit (the Deutsche Bank Collection) with the title Don’t trust your curator.

Erwin Wurm, Don't trust your curator, 2006,
Deutsche Bank Collection,
©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2007

"Krens stands on Grigoteit," according to Brita Sachs in the catalogue to accompany the exhibition, "which is to say that the New York art imperator has created a tightly woven network for his diverse activities and that without Deutsche Bank there would be no Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin for ten years now."

Special affinities were created with the anniversary edition to mark the exhibition AFFINITIES: Tobias Rehberger and Ben Lewis together designed this small work of art to celebrate the show’s artists, the new acquisitions for the Deutsche Bank Collection and the 10th anniversary of the Berlin exhibition space the Deutsche Guggenheim in an exclusive edition of 100 pieces. Rehberger’s portable DVD player contains Lewis’s film commentary on the exhibition, revealing numerous unexpected relationships as well as additional artistic elective affinities. Take a look and discovery for yourself where your affinities take you.

New Acquisitions
Deutsche Bank Collection
Deutsche Guggenheim 1997 – 2007
April 28 – June 24, 2007
Deutsche Guggenheim
Unter den Linden 13/15
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