The new art in the Deutsche Bank Towers
Strictly global! Today the Deutsche Bank Collection is as globally oriented as the company itself. A stroll through the modernized Group Head Office in Frankfurt am Main is akin to a journey through international art worlds. Here one can view works by some ninety artists, many of them young, from more than thirty countries. An entire floor or conference room is devoted to each of them. With a focus on works on paper and photographs, the selection gives a condensed overview of the current international art scene.
For a long time, cities such as Berlin, London, and New York competed to be the world’s leading art metropolis. Nowadays, thriving art scenes are being discovered in places that just a few years ago were terra incognita on the art map. The new economic and financial centers in the Middle East, Asia, South America, and Africa have spawned vital art scenes with their own traditions that are now the focus of global interest. Through open dialogue with these artists and their works, we gain valuable insights into the lives of people in these regions, and the artists garner international attention.
This year’s calendar presents twelve of these artists – including Yto Barrada, who was selected as the Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year 2011.” Like Barrada’s work, many of the other artistic approaches represented in the calendar raise issues and explore social matters that are relevant for contemporary art around the globe, such as the consequences of globalization and migration, traditional gender roles, and the legacy of modern art.
“Art works,” the motto of Deutsche Bank’s art activities, stands for the conviction that art actually has an effect on people. Whether in the Frankfurt Towers, in exhibitions, or as a calendar page – every day works from the Deutsche Bank Collection motivate people to talk to others and become acquainted with different points of view.