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Art Works
The New Art Arrangement at the IBC-C

The art arrangement at the IBC-C, the new Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, presents itself as young and international. The temporary move from the twin towers offered the possibility to reorganize the presentation of the Deutsche Bank Collection. The opening at the IBC-C also marked the debut event of "Art Works," an art program of the Deutsche Bank Collection featuring an array of new offers for staff and the public.

Takashi Murakami, Smooth Nightmare Drawing, 2000,
Deutsche Bank Collection

It’s not only the world of finance that has grown increasingly global; national categorizations have lost their meaning in the art world as well. Art stars work everywhere around the world, and the young scene is also interconnected across national borders: phenomena that have also influenced the art installation in the new temporary headquarters of Deutsche Bank. "The increased focus on the international art scene at the newly furnished IBC building reflects the changes at the bank itself," explains Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Deutsche Bank Art, on the occasion of the art collection's initiation ceremony. And just as the bank has turned to new markets, so too does its art. This approach is now concentrated under the motto of the bank's new art program, Art Works. Along with a focus on drawing and photography, Deutsche Bank Art's educational offers are being further expanded, for instance with the series 10 x 10, 10-minute lunch lectures on selected works; artists' talks; and the thematic series Greatest Hits, which introduces highlights from the collection. The goal is to make the Deutsche Bank Collection more accessible to the public than ever before.

Works by Katarina Sieverding at the IBC-C

Martin Liebscher, Vorstand 1, 2005,
Deutsche Bank Collection

Prior to everything else, however, Deutsche Bank staff had an opportunity on May 8, 2008, to become acquainted with the art in the 29-story building on Theodor-Heuss-Allee. Deutsche Bank Art invited its staff to an opening complete with guided tours throughout the building. An artist's talk with Martin Liebscher met with great interest; his panoramic views can be seen on the first story of the new headquarters along with works by Frank Darius, Delia Keller, and Wolfgang Tillmans. The floor is reserved for the medium of photography, one of the collection's main points of concentration.

Art auction during the opening at the IBC-C

Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Deutsch Bank Art, hands over
the check to representatives of berami e.V

The highlight of the event was an auction of limited graphic editions created for the bank by artists such as Georg Baselitz, Sigmar Polke, and Neo Rauch and open exclusively to staff. Under the direction of Robert van den Valentyn from the Cologne auction house Van Ham, a total of 26 works of art went up for bid. Prior to this, staff already purchased 67 works in an online auction. The bank is donating the entire proceeds of over 62,450 euros to berami e.V., a Frankfurt-based association that has been helping immigrants enter professional life since 1990.

Andreas Gursky, Singapur Börse I, 1997,
Deutsche Bank Collection

While the twin towers in Frankfurt are being refurbished according to ecological requirements into "Green Towers," the move into the IBC-C provided an opportunity to rearrange the presentation of the Deutsche Bank Collection. Directly next to the reception in the foyer of the new building, Andreas Gursky’s sharply focused tableau Singapore Stock Exchange I (1997) portrays daily business at one of the world’s international financial centers. The large-scale work is typical for the building’s new art installation.While in the old location each of the 38 floors was dedicated chronologically to individual artists or important schools of post-war German art, the presentation at the IBC-C is clearly younger and more international.

Gerhard Richter, Abstrakt, 26.5.92, 1992,
Deutsche Bank Collection

Of course, one can find important works by Joseph Beuys, Markus Lüpertz, and Gerhard Richter here. Complementing these, however, are works by Richard Artschwager, Eva Hesse, and Maria Lassnig, artists who have increasingly been attracting the attention of the younger generation. One of these influential positions is Louise Bourgeois; only very few artists convert their biography as directly into their work as the French-born New Yorker. Of central importance to her work is her own personal family history as well as the themes of corporeality and sexuality.

Louise Bourgeois, 10 am is when you come to me, 2006,
Deutsche Bank Collection

On view at the IBC-C is Bourgeois' ambiguous series 10 am is when you come to me: the clock strikes ten, hands grasp out for each other; yet who is encountering whom here remains as mysterious as whether it's a question of love or violence. On the other hand, the works of Laura Owens come across as the extreme opposite to Bourgois' dark, hermetic cosmos. A lion' head rising above flames of orange and pink, a young girl dreamily chewing on the end of her pencil: at first sight, the American artist's images resemble children's book illustrations, folk art, or Japanese ink drawings. Yet the apparent naivety of her works is deceptive; they involve complex color compositions that arise in a dialogue with the history of painting and the modernist tradition.

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