“Art after 1945”: Deutsche Bank supports film series at the Städel Museum

Midnight-blue figures dancing ecstatically in the brilliant red of a spotlight: Helmut Middendorf’s painting Electric Night is emblematic for the painting style of Berlin’s famous “Moritzboys.” The work is one of 600 masterpieces that Deutsche Bank loaned to the Frankfurt Städel Museum on the occasion of the opening of the new Garden Halls. Now, Electric Night is on view in the major exhibition The ’80s. Figurative Painting in West Germany. In a new film for series “Art after 1945,” which is from now on sponsored by Deutsche Bank, Middendorf talks about how the iconic painting was made? The films can be seen on the Städel’s youtube channel and are shared on all the museum’s online and social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, the Städel’s blog, the Städel website and, more recently, on the Städel app and in the museum’s digital collection. In the future, Deutsche Bank will also sponsor works on contemporary art for the new film series Kunst I Stücke, as well as documentation of artists’ talks and lectures on contemporary positions. Deutsche Bank has been supporting the Städel Museum since the 1970s with high-caliber loans from the corporate collection, such as sculptures by Max Beckmann and Joseph Beuys, as well supporting select exhibitions. As main sponsor of the exhibition The ’80s, Deutsche Bank has also stood by the Städel as a partner for its 200th anniversary.


Helmut Middendorf on "Electic Night". The painting is on view at the Deutsche Bank-sponsored exhibition "The 80s" at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt.

Along with its film series, the Städel continues to expand its leadership position in the digital realm. Recently, for instance, in the framework of the museum’s digital expansion, numerous online offers were developed: now, on a digital platform, users can browse the collection intuitively or in search of a particular theme or work, while children can play with innovative computer games that offer an age-appropriate access to art. Currently, in cooperation with the Leuphana University, an online art history course is being developed, and with “Digitorials,” visitors can prepare for their exhibition visit in a state-of-the-art way. The museum continues to offer free Wifi in the entire building, and visitors can download the Städel app free of charge.

Max Hollein, director of the Städel Museum, explains in the print edition of ArtMag: “Even a master engraving by Albrecht Dürer and a cutout by Henri Matisse are not untouched by the digital revolution. Those who seize this unique opportunity in history can use digital mechanisms and intelligent technologies to create an innovative knowledge and art transfer that is not only pioneering for the museum world, but also has a far-reaching impact on society.”