"We are interested in developing new ideas, in
participating in the present age"
Friedhelm Hütte on Deutsche
Bank’s current art involvement
Hütte, Global Head Deutsche Bank Art
Photo: Katrin Denkewitz
in the conception of a collection or regarding Deutsche
Guggenheim’s exhibition program – this year Deutsche
Bank’s international art activities are focusing on the
promotion of young talent and the medium of drawing. An interview with
Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head Deutsche Bank Art, on the highlights of this
What are the focal points of Deutsche
Bank’s art involvement in 2008?
In terms of the collection,
we are going to focus more on the medium of drawing, on the initial idea,
the draft, the concept, the handwritten aspect. On the element that
reflects the creative, artistic process in a direct, immediate way – a
medium that has accompanied us for thousands of years. That is our
priority in the orientation of the collection. Another main focus is the
intensive fostering of young talent, by purchasing works for the
collection or by supporting individual projects. At the same time, we’re
interested in presenting artists who are not very well known to the
general public, say, in Germany yet – as, for example, in the case of Richard
Artschwager in his day. A third aim is to further internationalize the
collection – with a focus on art from Latin America and Asia. By enabling
more works to be loaned and more international exhibitions to be mounted
from the collection – for example, Drawing a Tension, a show
that opens this summer in Lisbon – we intend to make the Deutsche Bank
Collection more accessible to the public more than has been the case so
What is special about Drawing a Tension?
are happy to be able to realize this project together with the Gulbenkian
Foundation. For the project, we obtained the independent curator
Jürgen Bock, who curated the Portuguese pavilion last year at the Venice
Biennial. And of course this project is also concerned with the topic
of international exchange. Just as in More
than Meets the Eye we presented German photo art from the Deutsche
Bank Collection in Latin America in 2006/2007, we are now showing a larger
selection of our works in Portugal for the first time.
year, works by the Villa
Romana prizewinners are on exhibit at the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum
for the first time.
The Villa Romana Prize constitutes Deutsche
Bank’s longest existing cultural involvement. We have supported this award
for more than 80 years. Now we are coupling this involvement with the
Deutsche Guggenheim. Freisteller, the title of the show featuring
this year’s prizewinners, will later be on view in Italy. The prize also
promotes young talent.
And the same is true of the art prizes that we initiated in
Poland and with the new Kandinsky
Prize now also in Russia. In both countries we collaborate with
important partners, ranging from the ministry of culture to renowned
museums. In this way, we can offer promising talents a serious forum with
an impact on the public. Such competitions are ideal for discovering and
promoting new artists.
Schorr, one of the "hottest" young artists in the U.S., will curate an
exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim.
That will be a very
exciting project. Freeway Balconies will also focus on young
artistic positions. For the show, Collier Schorr will choose artists from
the current U.S. art scene that are particularly outstanding in her eyes.
At the Whitney
Biennial in New York, we are also promoting the realization of works
by young artists. In all of these activities, our aim is to promote
creativity and develop new ideas, to participate in the present age (in
keeping with the term "contemporary"), to absorb things, reinterpret them.
you also put a contemporary emphasis on the Deutsche Bank Lounge for TEFAF.
from Old Masters and antiquities, modern and contemporary art increasingly
are playing a more important role here. Last year in Maastricht, artists
such as Louise
Bourgeois and Paul
McCarthy were represented. After we showed a video work by Cai
Guo Qiang in 2007, in this year’s VIP Lounge the 60-part work DeLuxe
by the U.S. artist Ellen
Gallagher was on view – surely one of our most spectacular new
purchases in recent years.
And what about art in the bank?
are intensifying the accessibility of the collection at the workplace with
new impartation offers. The new motto is "art works." In May, the
vernissage of the presentation of the new collection in the new management
board building IBC-C will mark the beginning of this program. When you
view the works on show there, you immediately recognize the new
orientation of the collection. Many more international artists are
represented – Japan and the U.S. are a focal point – and instead of prints
we primarily show original drawings. A whole floor is reserved exclusively
for photographic works. We will invite artists to the opening and offer
guided tours. And we are again taking part in the Kunst privat!
initiative, where companies in Hesse invite people to view their art
Recently, there have been a few newspaper articles
on the planned presentation of part of the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel
Museum in Frankfurt.
We are continuing our decades-long
patronage relationship with the Städel Museum and the city of Frankfurt by
making important masterpieces available to the museum to expand its
contemporary collection. These works include exemplary paintings by
artists such as Gerhard
Polke, and Georg Baselitz, as
well as drawings and prints. As soon the negotiations have been completed,
we will inform the public about the scope and content of the cooperation.
year at the Deutsche Guggenheim will end with Anish
He will execute a commissioned work for us. Anish
Kapoor continues the series of international artists who enable us to
experience the museum in ever new ways – like Gerhard Richter with his
minimalist, mirroring panels, or recently Phoebe
Washburn with her absurd plant factory. Or Cai Guo-Qiang, whose
installation for Berlin, Head on, is currently included in an impressive
exhibition of his work at the Guggenheim
in New York. Kapoor, whom we also present in our VIP Lounge at the Art
Cologne, will transform the entire architecture of the museum with a
gigantic steel sculpture.
What are your wishes for the art year
We would like to attract more people to contemporary art
and to arouse their interest in artistic positions, which perhaps are not
so easy to understand initially. Above all, we want encounters with art to
leave a lasting impression – on our employees, on our customers, and on
visitors to the bank and the museums.