Deutsche Bank Opening New KunstHalle in Berlin
actually something like a second opening. At the beginning of April,
some 2,000 artists contributed works to the 24-hour exhibition “Make
Art.” Thousands of visitors came. Now the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in
Berlin is officially opening with the show “Imran Qureshi –
Artist of the Year 2013.”
program is ambitious. “We want to create an open, international, and
experimental platform for contemporary art here in the capital Berlin,”
said Stefan Krause, Member of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank and
responsible for the bank’s global art program, at the press
conference for the opening. André Schmitz, Permanent Secretary for
Cultural Affairs of the Federal State of Berlin, added: “With its
KunstHalle, Deutsche Bank is pointing the way for the art metropolis
Berlin. The new institution is a clear commitment to the city with a
national and international scope.”
The Deutsche Bank KunstHalle is opening with the Pakistani painter Imran Qureshi,
who is showing a solo exhibition of his work in Europe for the first
time. In a unique way, he combines traditional motifs and techniques of
miniature painting with contemporary forms and current topics. Until
August 4, 2013, large paintings, an expansive installation, and a cycle
of miniature paintings will be on view.
A focal point of the
KunstHalle’s concept is cooperative ventures with changing
international museums and collections, as well as with partners in
Berlin. In the fall of 2013, the exhibition Painting Forever! (within the framework of Berlin Art Week) will open. It is a joint project conceived by the KunstHalle, the Berlinische Galerie, the KW Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Neue Nationalgalerie.
Previously, in the summer of 2013, the KunstHalle will show the format
“SÜDEN,” an exhibition, music, and performance program with
international fellows and alumni of the artists’ house Villa Romana in Florence, with which the bank's foundation is affiliated. Exhibitions are also planned with another longtime partner, the Guggenheim Foundation. In cooperation with the Neue Nationalgalerie, a unique homage to the pioneering Zero artist Otto Piene is being planned for 2014.
Cooperation with the Tate Modern
in London is also new: In 2014 an exhibition series will be launched
presenting pioneering artists from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
The KunstHalle is also breaking new ground in connection with the Deutsche Bank Collection.
In keeping with an ambitious new concept, changing guest curators from
all over the world will be invited to conceive their own exhibitions
from the corporate collection.Victoria Noorthorn
from Buenos Aires will be the guest curator in 2013. Her show, entitled
THE CIRCLE WALKED CASUALLY, will begin this November. The guest curator
for 2015 will be Ivo Mesquita, director of the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo.
Imran Qureshi – "Artist of the Year" 2013
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin
April 18, 2013 – August 4, 2013