Art questions. It spawns new ideas for shaping our future. It inspires people, opens up new perspectives, and thus enables them to embrace unusual and innovative solutions. That is why promoting art has been a focus of Deutsche Bank’s cultural activities for more than 30 years.
The “Art Works” concept is an integral part of Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Citizenship program. In line with this motto, Deutsche offers employees, clients, and the general public access to contemporary art – through its collection at the workplace and in international exhibitions. Furthermore, the collection is displayed at the bank’s premises in global financial centers around the world such as Hong Kong, London, New York, and Moscow.
In the autumn of 2011, one of the Deutsche Bank in Russia divisions – Global Technology Capital Markets – moved into its new premises in the Nord Star Tower in Moscow. The rather mathematical concept of the building – “Numbers rule the universe” (Pythagoras) – was supplemented by an art concept which links Russian with German artists. Works by established contemporary artists such as Ilya Kabakov and Andrei Roiter enter a dialogue with works by selected German artists like Rosemarie Trockel, Imi Knoebel, and Günter Förg.
There is a special focus on the young Russian art scene, to which an entire floor is devoted. Works by up-and-coming Russian artists such as Valery Chtak, Margarite Fedina, Tanya Hengstler, Diana Machulina, and Ustina Yakovleva were purchased for the Moscow project, rounding out the artworks on display. The 2013 calendar gives an impression of the different generations of Russian artists represented in the Deutsche Bank Collection. The cover is dedicated to Ilua Kabakov, the internationally renowned Russian artist who has been seminal for the Moscow scene and inspires younger generations to this day. With its selection of contemporary highlights, the calendar demonstrates the wide variety of themes and artistic strategies that characterize the lively Russian scene today.