for the love of art.


Deutsche Bank Collection, Germany
Chow Chun Fai, Vitation, 2010, ICC Tower, Deutsche Bank Hong Kong
Thomas Hirschhorn, Mesée Précaire Albinet (Lighter), 2004, Prime Tower, Deusche Bank Zürich @ 2017, ProLitteris, Zurich

About the collection

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The exhibition hall in Deutsche Bank’s Berlin Head Office was established as a platform for international contemporary art; starting in April 2013, Deutsche Bank carries on with new priorities.  The KunstHalle defines itself as a place of discovery – an institution that is as alive and in flux as the German capital itself. One focus of the three to four annual high-caliber exhibitions is on new artistic terrain and the phenomena of a globalized society. In the KunstHalle, the Deutsche Bank Collection can be experienced in a new way – in exhibitions conceived by artists and international guest curators. One highlight of the program is the presentation of Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year,” who is honored each year with a major solo exhibition. At the same time, the KunstHalle provides a forum for young talents on Berlin’s international art scene, presenting them for the first time to a broad public.

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A collection of several thousand works of art in 900 locations

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Founded at the end of the 1970s, the Deutsche Bank Collection  has grown into one of the most significant corporate collection of post-1945 drawings and photographs in the world. And paper – with its unique range of artistic applications – is the dominant medium in the collection. The works span a broad spectrum, from preliminary notes for an artistic idea, to sketches, finished drawings, watercolours, collages and photographs.

Every significant art movement since 1945 is represented : Joseph Beuys and his students and  contemporaries, Vehement Painting, Pop Art and Young British Artists from London, Minimal Art from the USA, the New Leipzig School, and Asian and African photography.  Whereas the collection initially focussed on works by artist from German – speaking countries, since the 1990s it has become more global in composition. Today, the emphasis is increasingly on the international art scene, especially that in Asia, Latin America, and Africa

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Commission program / Site-specific order(s) :

Frankfurt am Main

-Max Bill, Kontinuität, sculpture, 1986
-Karin Sander, Wandstück , polished wall painting, 2004
-Olaf Metzel, Cashflow, sculpture, 2005
-Xenia Lesniewski, Untitled, paper installation, 2012

-Idris Khan, A River Runs Happy, wall painting, 2014

-Keith Tyson, 12 Harmonics, mixed media on aluminum, 2011

-Patrick Tuttofuoco, X-Flag,  installation, 2007
-Luca Vitone, Mare Nostrum, wallpainting/installation, 2004/2007
-Lara Favaretto, Una della tante (One is as good as the other), installation, 2007
-Alberto Garutti, Cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli uomini se ne vanno? Opera dedicata  a tutti coloro che qui si incontreranno, fluorescent benches,  2007
-Vincenzo Castella, #02 Milano 2012, photograph, 2012

-Giovanni Chiaramonte, Dittico di Porta Maggiore, Photograph , 2014

Hong Kong
-Meena Park, From 8 Austin Road to 1 Austin Road West, installation, 2010
-Michael Lin, Untitled, painting, 2010

-Rodel Tapaya, The First Beings: The Supreme Planner, The Ten-headed Creature and The Mediator, painting, 2014


Artist of the Year

Spotlight on young art: Like its corporate collection, Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” award is committed to the present. The aim is to acquaint a wide public with new and exciting artistic positions. Based on the recommendation of Deutsche Bank’s Global Art Advisory Council which includes internationally renowned curators Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann, and Victoria Noorthoorn, the bank honours an emerging artist, who has created an artistically, as well as socially relevant, oeuvre, one integrating the media of paper and photography – the two main areas of focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection.

After Wangechi Mutu (Kenya), Yto Barrada (France/Morocco) and Roman Ondák (Slovakia), Imran Qureshi (Pakistan), Victor Man (Romania), and Koki Tanaka (Japan)  Basim Magdy (Egypt) will be the Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Year” for 2016.

Unlike many other prizes, “Artist of the Year” is not based on a financial reward, but is positioned as an integral part of the Deutsche Bank art program, which has been opening up the world of contemporary art to the public for the last thirty years—through Deutsche Bank’s own substantial collection, its exhibitions, and its joint projects with partners. Each “Artist of the Year” is presented in a solo exhibition at the “Deutsche Bank KunstHalle” in Berlin. Subsequently, the exhibitions move on to other international institutions. 

A comprehensive catalogue and an exclusive edition, designed by the artist, will be published concurrent with the exhibition. In addition, a selection of the artist’s works on paper will be acquired for the Deutsche Bank Collection on this occasion. More information can be found in the online magazine

2016   Basim Magdy
2015   Koki Tanaka
2014   Victor Man
2013   Imran Qureshi
2012   Roman Ondák
2011   Yto Barrada
2010   Wangechi Mutu

Catalogs by the collection

INELCOM, Germany

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