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"Fierce Painting" on View at Library
Deutsch Bank Loans Artworks to Mannheim University

Intense colors and dynamic gestures - at the end of the 1970s the representatives of "Heftige Malerei" or "Fierce Painting" very consciously set themselves apart from the prevailing positions of Minimal Art and Concept Art. With their neo-expressive works, a young generation vitalized the medium of painting. The Deutsche Bank Collection possesses an important selction of paintings and works on paper by these artists. Some of them have been loaned to the Hasso-Plattner Library of Mannheim University where they are currently on view.

Jirí Georg Dokoupil, Stern in Not, 1982
Deutsche Bank Collection

At the festive opening of the exhibition, invited guests were welcomed by Rector Prof. Dr. Hans-Wolfgang Arndt. Subsequently, Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head Deutsche Bank Art, presented the more than 20 works on display, ranging from Jiri Georg Dokoupil's painting Stern in Not (Star in Distress), on which Dokoupil, a member of the Cologne artists' group Mühlheimer Freiheit, had a monumental red star go up in flames , to the abstract, energy-charged compositions of Walter Stöhrer. Antonius Höckelmann is represented with a series of flower paintings, while Karl Horst Hödicke 's Straßenarbeiter (Street Worker, 1976) alludes to the big city pictures of the German Expressionists. Peter Chevalier's panorama of the four seasons is hanging across from a glass front which affords visitors to the library a view of the opulent baroque foyer of the palace.

Dieter Krieg, Ohne Titel, 1988
Deutsche Bank Collection

The exhibition in the Hasso-Plattner Library, which was completely modernized a year ago, is part of the initiative Renaissance of the Baroque Palace, a unique project in Germany through which the university is opening itself more to the city and its residents and which at the same time strengthens students' identification with their university. In addition to extensive renovations to the building (which was completed in 1731), the project encompasses workshops and art exhibitions.

Karl Horst Hödicke, Straßenarbeiter, 1976
Deutsche Bank Collection

Deutsche Bank has been involved with the University of Mannheim, one of Europe's top universities in business and the social sciences, for a long time now. Deutsche Bank supports projects of the Business School and in 2007 was one of the cooperation partners for the festivities commemorating the university's 100th anniversary. Together with other companies in the Rhine-Neckar region, the bank financed the renovation of a lecture hall in connection with Renaissance of the Baroque Palace. In addition, from 2000 to 2007 Dr. Clemens Börsig, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank, was very personally involved with the university, at which he studied, as a board member.

Walter Stöhrer, Kopflandschaft, 1976
Deutsche Bank Collection

The Hasso-Plattner Libarary is open to visitors Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday, Sunday, and on holidays from 10 a.m. to midnight.

More than just "Fierce Painting" and "Young Wilds" - an extensive db artmag article on the art scene in Berlin and New York in the early 1980s can be found here.

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