The Deutsche Bank's representative office in Berlin houses one of the German capital's most important art institutions: the Deutsche Guggenheim. But it is not just the exhibition hall that makes the Neo-Baroque sandstone building a highlight for art fans. International positions of contemporary art are on view on all of the bank building's floors. Within the framework of Art Works, Deutsche Bank's new art program, the Deutsche Bank Collection on Unter den Linden is now accessible to the public. The collection presents visitors with a selection of first-rate artworks, with a focus on works by Berlin artists and current photography.
On the first floor of the bank building, visitors can see how the medium of photography has changed in the digital age, both in terms of the technology and the conception. Alongside renowned artists such as Thomas Florschütz, Sharon Lockhart, and Gillian Wearing, newcomers like Ebtisam Abdul Aziz show the diversity of the medium. Whereas she photographs hands of Arab women and men and thus documents an archive of lifetimes, Boris Mikhailov places prototypical pictures of Soviet culture on top of personal snapshots. The surreal staged photos of Miwa Yanagi correspond with the meditative black-and-white photographs of Hiroshi Sugimoto. For his Five Minute Sculptures, the Austrian Erwin Wurm has people remain frozen in absurd situations as living sculptures, while Markus Amm's abstract pictograms recall Cubist paintings. The medium of photography fuses increasingly into fine art.
On the third floor, visitors encounter New Figurative painting. Paintings and drawings by the Leipzig artist Neo Rauch are juxtaposed with Neo-Expressive works by Berlin proponents of the Neue Wilde, including Elvira Bach, Rainer Fetting, and Salomé. The presentations ties to the German capital are apparent again and again, whether these connections lie in the photographs that Christo and Jeanne-Claude created for the Wrapped Reichstag or in works by young artists that have made Berlin one of the world's most vibrant art capitals - for example, the Neo-Pop paintings of Michel Majerus. Thus, Deutsche Bank's representative office in the German capital offers visitors a lively journey through recent art history and at the same time provides insight into the constantly developing concept of "art at the workplace."
You can register for guided tours of the "Deutsche Bank Collection on Unter den Linden" at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program - January/February 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009, 7 p.m.
Artist's Talk with Thomas Florschuetz, photographer
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7 p.m.
Talk with Michael Danner, photographer, and Felix Hoffmann, art historian/curator
Thursday, February 12, 2009, 7 p.m.
Artist's Talk with Susa Templin, photographer
Thursday, February 26, 2009, 7 p.m.
Artist's Talk with Markus Amm, photographer