Art is Alive!
Deutsche Bank Supports Art Fairs in Tokyo and Dallas

In the last few years, more and more art fairs have been springing up. The Deutsche Bank-sponsored Frieze London added the Frieze Masters and a fair in New York to its portfolio. Art Basel has expanded to Miami and, since 2013, has had a fair in Hong Kong. In addition to events with a global scope, regional fairs have become more of a focus. For example, MCH Group, the operators of Art Basel, recently launched the India Art Fair and became involved in the new Art Düsseldorf. Nor is Deutsche Bank committed solely to the Frieze. This year the bank became a partner of Sydney Contemporary, Australia’s most important contemporary art fair, and it continues its partnership with Art Fair Tokyo and the Dallas Art Fair.

Art Fair Tokyo, initiated in 2005, is Japan’s biggest art fair and the oldest in Asia. It presents a very broad spectrum of artworks, ranging from ancient Japanese and Chinese sculptures and works on paper, to first-rate crafts, to current international positions. The concept is convincing. Every year, the fair attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the Tokyo International Forum, including an increasing number of art enthusiasts from China. This year, 150 galleries are on hand, mostly from Japan. Under the motto Art is Alive, Art Fair Tokyo wants to show that art is an essential part of human life and to promote an interest in art. Hence there is free admission to the Lobby Gallery, where some sixty works by promising artists selected by experts are on view that do not cost more than 300,000 yen (approximately 2,600 USD).

Deutsche Bank, which has been committed to the fair since 2011, is the exclusive partner of the opening program Art & Diversity for the sixth year in a row. In addition, it is promoting the PROJECTS section, in which twelve young Japanese galleries are introducing themselves with solo presentations of selected artists. And by providing volunteers, the bank also supports a children’s art workshop run during the fair by Artist for a Day, a local non-profit group that specializes in introducing art to children who have limited access and exposure to the arts.

For many years now, Deutsche Bank has been an active promoter and partner of the Asian art scene. For instance, it has supported the initiative OH! Open House in Singapore since it began in 2009. This time, the annual art tour leads to the Holland Village district of Singapore, where 18 artists are presenting their work in different places. In tours with different emphases, audiences can get an excellent overview of the city-state’s contemporary art scene. 

Deutsche Bank also promotes local projects in the USA, including the Dallas Art Fair. Founded in 2009, the fair has steadily developed into an art event that now even attracts interest in New York and Los Angeles. Prominent galleries such as Gagosian and Lehmann Maupin are participating in the Texas event for the first time this year. The setting for the Dallas Art Fair, which has been sponsored by Deutsche Bank since 2015, is the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.), a modernist midcentury building located in downtown Dallas. Here more than 90 galleries from 16 countries are showing art ranging from modern to contemporary. The fair is closely connected to the Dallas art scene. Proceeds from ticket sales to the opening gala will be donated to the city’s three most important exhibition venues – the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. And thanks to the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program, endowed with 100,000 dollars, the Dallas Museum of Art can buy works at the fair for its collection.

Art Fair Tokyo
3/17/2017 – 3/19/2017
Tokyo International Forum

OH! Open House
3/4/2017 – 3/19/2017, Singapore

Dallas Art Fair
4/7/2017 – 4/9/2017
Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.)