"A Burning WOW"
The Press on Globe and the New Art in the Towers
In its recently reopened main office, the Deutsche Bank Collection presents itself younger and more international than ever before. In the Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt, a selection of approximately 1,500 photographs and works on paper invites viewers on a journey of discovery through the global art scene. The press reacted enthusiastically to the wide range of works shown-and also to "Globe," the events program celebrating the bank's new art presentation.
In Art, Ute Thon reports: "Art offensive in Frankfurt's financial district. (…) Around 1,500 works of art by 100 artists from all around the world adorn the 60 floors of the Deutsche Bank Group Head Office. You probably couldn't find more young international art in a museum. And the works can be viewed by anyone in guided tours free of charge-not necessarily something you'd expect." The Frankfurter Rundschau sums up its impression of the new art in the Towers with the words "A show in a class all its own," while Konstanze Crüwell of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung starts out by explaining the concept of "art at the workplace" before remarking that "in the newly renovated Towers, this once pioneering idea has now been realized in altered form under Deutsche Bank's much-cited motto of globalization. For its acquisitions of art around the world, the financial institution relies on the advice of its international committee of experts-Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Nancy Spector. Which has really paid off (…) Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Deutsche Bank Art, says that the new art presentation is not meant to provide a cross-section, but to propose fresh perspectives: so these are Towers with a real view."
In an extensive article on the theme of corporate collections, Andreas Beerlage of Manager Magazin also discusses the Deutsche Bank Collection and the reopening of the Towers at length. "So that's where they hang now, 1,500 works on 60 floors (…) arranged according to the bank's worldwide business locations. The message the images impart is this: art and the bank-we're one. We're rich, but we're sexy. Mixing in among the big names in the world of finance (…) are colorful characters in jeans, sneakers, and wild hairstyles: big money meets today's youth-and it's a fertile combination." As the art and lifestyle magazine Sleek reports, the bank owns "an impressive contemporary art collection. The new works continue to build on the existing collection. (…) With these new perspectives, the collection offers an inclusive, global view of current positions from all over the world that is rarely found in this form under a single roof. (…) When in Frankfurt, a visit to the towers is a must!" The Wall Street Journal is also full of praise for the bank's commitment to art: "During the recession, many companies downsized their art collections. (…) But Deutsche Bank has gone the opposite direction at its head office in Frankfurt, Germany by expanding its collection to include newer and more international works." Correspondent Laura Stevens highlights the drawings of the American artist Amy Cutler, the self-portraits of Samuel Fosso, and a commissioned work by Nedko Solakov, one of whose drawings accompanies Monopol's news report on the reopening of the Towers. "The Deutsche Bank Collection-one of the largest in the country-is now a little bit bigger, younger, and more global" writes the magazine, quoting the words in the Bulgarian artist's work: "in keeping with Nedko Solakov: a burning WOW."
"The Passion to Perform."
Globe, the art and performance program accompanying the reopening of the Towers, has met with just as much praise. "International shooting stars in the bank office" reports Prinz. DE:BUG talks of "artists of international standing" who have designed an "ambitious event series: 'Globe' is curated by Daniel Birnbaum, director of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, architect and art theoretician Nikolaus Hirsch, as well as the artists Judith Hopf and Willem de Rooji. Also involved is Robert Johnson from the neighboring city. The dance club runs the bar around which the events take place; designed by the artist Tobias Rehberger, it remains open around the clock. This blending of art spheres ensures that 'Globe' has more to offer than any ordinary exhibition."
Under the heading "The Passion to Perform," Eva-Maria Magel of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reports that "with 'Globe,' it's as though a kind of temporary grab bag had moved into the silvery Deutsche Bank Towers." She agrees with Aha keyboard player Magne Furuholmen that the platform is extremely exciting: "Indeed: most of the artists have never before been presented in Frankfurt, and certainly not with so much care and evident expense." For the Frankfurter Rundschau, too, Globe offers a "complex and versatile program with numerous premieres." The Journal Frankfurt recommended to its readers: "go there, listen, and look." And the online edition of Monopol summed it up thus: "In view of the spectrum and high quality of the program Deutsche Bank presents with its 'Globe,' the reference to the famous Shakespeare theater in London is right on the mark. And there's something else that's unique about this temporary event location: the large window front on the Taunusanlage allows for remarkable insights into the relationship between money and art, which is so productive in this case. Inside, a half-nude dancer writhes before a video screen, while outside, bankers leave their office hours behind them. What counts is the performance: this goes for both of them." The event series also meets with praise on the part of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: "A brilliant beginning: in 'Globe,' the new temporary event space on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank Towers, the large number of guests were excited by Apparatijk." And, like the Journal Frankfurt, the FAZ also asks "why they don't make the remarkable 'Globe' a permanent fixture."