Deutsche Bank’s Memory takes centre stage at Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s major Anish Kapoor exhibition
Deutsche Bank’s Memory takes centre stage at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s major Anish Kapoor exhibition opening tomorrow, the latest step in partnerships with the MCA and the artist that have lasted for well over a decade.
Memory (2008), a bulbous and rusting 24-ton Cor-Ten steel structure, is one of Kapoor’s most ambitious works for a gallery. It completely fills one of the MCA’s spacious galleries so, unable to view the whole work from a single point, the viewer must imagine the entire object by piecing together memories of the work from different locations.
Deutsche Bank is the Major Partner of the MCA’s Anish Kapoor exhibition, running from December 20, 2012, to April 1, 2013. Memory was originally commissioned by the bank in consultation with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation for the Deutsche Guggenheim, and comes to Sydney after appearing at the Guggenheim museums in Berlin and New York.
JT Macfarlane, Executive Chairman, Deutsche Bank Australia & New Zealand, said: “Deutsche Bank has worked with Anish Kapoor and the MCA over several years to bring this remarkable exhibition to Sydney, so we are delighted that they have chosen to show our work Memory as one of its highlights.”
The bank has been a long-time supporter of Anish Kapoor, who is represented in Deutsche Bank's collection with numerous works on paper. It also owns Turning the World Upside Down (1996), one of Kapoor’s first-ever stainless steel pieces. Weighing more than two tons and over two metres in diameter, it has been sitting in the reception of the bank’s London headquarters since 1999.
Deutsche Bank is the MCA's first ever Education Partner, sponsoring the Museum's learning programs to connect children, students and teachers to contemporary art at the MCA building in Sydney and its National Centre for Creative Learning.
Deutsche Bank has supported contemporary art for more than 30 years, with a major focus on works on paper and photography. It supports talented young artists whose work pursues different and challenging paths and offers new perspectives. Its collection in Australia and New Zealand includes works by Daniel Crooks, Rosemary Laing and Nike Savvas, who are also represented in the MCA collection.
Today the Deutsche Bank Collection is the largest corporate art collection in the world and one of the most substantial collections of contemporary works on paper and photography, of which 95 percent are accessible to the public. Currently in focus are works from art centres in Africa, China, India, and Latin America -- regions of increasing importance to the collection. It has sponsored major international and local events including the Hong Kong International Art Fair and the Frieze Art Fairs in London and New York.
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