To mark the opening of the new Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, the Bank invited artists and art enthusiasts to display their own artworks in the exhibition gallery at Deutsche’s Unter den Linden site in Berlin.
Under the theme "MACHT KUNST" (MAKE ART), a total of 2,135 artists submitted their works, 345 of which were displayed during a 24-hour exhibition from April 8-9. So great was the turn out that the 270 square metre exhibition space quickly filled and admissions were temporarily suspended. A total of 6,000 visitors attended the exhibition.
Four prizes were awarded – one public prize and three jury prizes – at the close of the exhibition on April 9. Each visitor voted for their favourite work, with Lovro Artuković receiving the most votes and winning the public prize. The painter, who lives in Berlin, was awarded a one-year studio grant, endowed with EUR 500 per month.
Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Art at Deutsche Bank, together with the curators Sophie von Olfers and René Block, awarded three jury prizes to Nicolas Balcazar, Rebecca Michaelis and Sonja Rentsch. The three artists will each stage a two-week solo exhibition at the new KunstHalle studio.
“The quality of the works presented was impressive,” said Hütte. “Artists and art students accounted for a large proportion; the distribution between men and women was very even, as was the weighting between different age groups. We are thrilled for the prize-winners and we will continue to follow their artistic careers.”
A second exhibition will be held for the remaining artists who were not included in the opening show due to a lack of space. Their artworks will be presented during the “Gallery Weekend” on April 28 and 29 at the Alte Münze site in Berlin. Public and jury prizes will also be awarded at this event.
A total of 6,000 visitors attended the 24-hour exhibition at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle
Hütte added: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the campaign. This has been a great start for our new KunstHalle. Thank you to all those who have made it possible for art enthusiasts to come together in this way.”
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