Charity Auction of Artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection on Board the MS Europa
For the first time, Deutsche Bank will auction works from its collection for a good cause aboard a cruise ship. On Saturday, August 30, 2008 on board of the cruise ship MS Europa, there will be an auction of fifteen editions specially developed for the Deutsche Bank Collection. Included in this selection are works by internationally renowned artists such as Gerhard Richter, Neo Rauch, and Isa Genzken. The proceeds of this charity auction go to the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation, which tends primarily to AIDS orphans in Africa.
From August 24 until September 2, 2008, the MS Europa, the only cruise liner worldwide to have been continuously awarded the coveted 5-stars plus distinction in the Berlitz Cruise Guide from 2001 to 2008, will be travelling across the Baltic Sea with stops in Kiel, Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. The cruise will be operating under the title “EUROPA.art”, and will be dedicated completely to the theme of art. While on shore the passengers can experience the cultural metropolises of the Baltic Sea region from the perspective of art experts. While on board they have the possibility to talk to renowned gallery owners, artists and experts travelling with them.
The highlight of the cruise is a gala event in Stockholm on August 30th. Dr. Michaela Neumeister from the leading auction house Simon de Pury will auction works from the Deutsche Bank Collection for the benefit of the Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation. In this context Friedhelm Hütte, Global Head of Deutsche Bank Art, will deliver a lecture on Deutsche Bank Art’s programme. Following the motto “Fostering Creativity”, the support of young artists continues to play a main role in the collection, which with more than 53,000 art works today is one of the most important corporate collections worldwide. The main focus is works on paper, such as drawings and photographs, by contemporary artists.
The Deutsche Bank’s Africa Foundation has been supporting social projects in South Africa since 2001. Under the motto, “Touching Lives—Shaping Futures,” it supports educational programs and an initiative for integrating AIDS orphans. With this participation in “EUROPA.art”, Deutsche Bank combines two main pillars of its corporate social responsibility objectives by helping the socially disadvantaged while simultaneously promoting contemporary art.
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Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility
Deutsche Bank is committed to the realization of a large number of corporate social responsibility activities that go beyond the sphere of the company’s business: through donations and sponsorships, the bank’s own projects and, to no small part, employees’ volunteer work. With its foundations and non-profit organizations, the bank is an active global corporate citizen dedicated to sustainability.
For more than 25 years, Deutsche Bank has been committed to promoting contemporary art. Under the motto “Art at Work”, the bank systematically acquires contemporary international art and displays it in bank buildings and exhibitions around the globe. With more than 53,000 works of art, the Deutsche Bank Collection is considered the world’s largest and most important corporate collection.
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