Deutsche Bank is pleased to present the exhibition "Imran Qureshi - Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year 2012", displayed in the astonishing setting of MACRO - Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, from September 25 to November 15, 2013. The exhibition, the first Italian show of the "Artist of the Year" 2012, is part of the partnership signed last year between Deutsche Bank and the the prestigious Roman Museum.
Born in Pakistan in 1972, Imran Qureshi won the last edition of Deutsche Bank art accolade for having successfully combined in an innovative way the strenght of tradition, through the use of ancient painting techniques as miniature, with social issues of our times, as fundamentalism, spirituality and the stereotypes on the Islamic religion circulating in the Western world.
The exhibition, curated by Friedhelm Hütte - Global Head of Art, Deutsche Bank, is composed by some 35 works, as well as a site-specific installation, where the artist leaves the traditional canvas to actively occupy the exhibition space. Pakistan, a constant element in Qureshi's artistic production, is a starting point where broader ethical and religious reflections start from and become universal in our globalized reality.
After its opening in April at the Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle Berlin, Qureshi's exhibition is the second " Deutsche Bank's Artist of the Year" event hosted at MACRO museum in Rome, after the great success of RIFFS, the exhibition of the Moroccan artist Yto Barrada, who won the award in 2011.
This event is part of Corporate Responsibility initiatives globally fostered by Deutsche Bank to support contemporary art. The "Deutsche Bank's' Artist of the Year" award reinforces the commitment the Bank has always addressed to the most innovative and deserving artists. In addition to Berlin and Rome, Qureshi is also currently on show at the Italian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. This confirms the aim of the Institute to make art accessible to an increasingly wider public.