May 30, 2008

For the first time in Portugal, works from the Deutsche Bank Collection will be on show at the Gulbenkian Foundation

Under the title “Drawing A Tension,” a large number of works from the Deutsche Bank collection will be shown from June 3rd to September 7th for the first time in Lisbon. A selection of 120 works by 28 artists will be presented at the Gulbenkian Foundation Headquarters, interacting with the impressive post-modern architecture of the exhibition space of Portugal’s most prestigious foundation. The show, curated by Jürgen Bock (Lisbon), brings together modern and contemporary works, including pieces from as early as 1922 until today.

’Drawing a Tension’ includes works from Josef Albers, Hans Arp, Francis Alÿs, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Broodthaers, James Lee Byars, Hanne Darboven, Max Ernst, Otto Freundlich, Günter Förg, Eva Hesse, Thomas Hirschhorn, Olav Christopher Jenssen, Martin Kippenberger, Maria Lassnig, Zoe Leonard, Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, Karin Sander, Atsuko Tanaka, André Thomkins, Rosemarie Trockel and Heimo Zobernig. On the occasion of this exhibition, works by Portuguese artists Pedro Barateiro and João Penalva were acquired. A selection of these newly purchased works will be shown to the public within the framework of “Drawing a Tension.” German artist Karin Sander has created a site-specific wall-piece for the occasion, which subtly reflects on the exhibition as well as contemporary art in general. 

'Drawing a Tension', was arranged by curator and art critic Jürgen Bock, Director of the Independent Study Programme Maumaus in Lisbon. Following his concept, the exhibition has neither been organised as a chronological presentation nor does it contain traditional classifications based on art history, medium and technique.  “Drawing A Tension” rather invites to discover similar sensibilities in art works (paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs) from different times and places of origin. The issue raised by this exhibition is how canonised works retain, in certain dialogues with other works, their original ‘urgency’ – on a political, social and intellectual level – with which they emerged when conceived, without being reduced to an emptied image of the past.

Architect and exhibition designer Marcos Corrales is responsible for the installation of the exhibition. An exhibition catalogue (Portuguese/English) with essays by art theorist Gertrud Sandqvist and cultural critic José Bragança de Miranda will be available from mid June.

A special talks and lecture programme will accompany the exhibition. Speakers include: Diedrich Diederichsen, who will critically analyse Martin Kippenberger's oeuvre, and artists Karin Sander and Olav Christopher Jenssen will reflect on their own artistic practices.

“Drawing a tension” – in its ambiguity, the title is emblematic for the Deutsche Bank’s dedication to international contemporary art. For almost 30 years, Deutsche Bank has been collecting contemporary art with a special focus on works on paper, especially drawings, which artists use throughout the creative process from the initial idea to the completed work. At the same time, the art collection increasingly attracts public attention. Originally intended exclusively for the bank’s own premises, the more than 53,000 works of  the collection can be found on display in our buildings worldwide, as well as on loan and in our own exhibitions in museums around the globe.  “Art Works” is the motto under which this unique pool of creativity is actively used – as the current show in Lisbon documents – to open new and sometimes even unfamiliar perspectives.

For exact dates and times please check the webpage of the Gulbenkian Foundation:

More information on the Deutsche Bank’s activities related to contemporary art please find at

For further information, please call:

Deutsche Bank
Dr. Klaus Winker    
Phone: +49(69)910-32249   

Britta Färber
Phone: +49(69)910-35960    


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