Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will showcase global art in Berlin

February 7, 2013 │ New York, NY

New exhibition space follows conclusion of the Deutsche Guggenheim partnership.

Stefan Krause, Deutsche Bank Management Board member and Chairman of the Global Art Steering Committee, announced today in New York City the division of major artistic commissions from the Deutsche Guggenheim between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The announcement comes at the official conclusion of the Deutsche Guggenheim, as well as the upcoming debut of the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

The Deutsche Guggenheim was established in 1997 as a unique collaboration between Deutsche Bank and the Guggenheim Foundation. Through an ambitious program of exhibitions as well as commissions, the Deutsche Guggenheim acted as a catalyst for artistic production by some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most accomplished artists.

A set of major works commissioned for the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum will become part of the permanent collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Created by significant international artists such as John Baldessari and Julie Mehretu, each of the commissioned pieces was made expressly for the Deutsche Guggenheim site in Berlin on Unter den Linden where the works debuted.

Another group of commissions will become part of the Deutsche Bank Collection. These will be on view in public or shared areas of the Bank and made available for exhibition loans. 

“As a result of our successful collaboration with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Deutsche Bank leaves an extraordinary legacy demonstrating the enormous benefits of our cultural alliances. We intend to not only preserve the qualities of this strong 15-year partnership, but to also advance them through the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle,” said Krause, who is responsible for Deutsche Bank’s art activities within the Management Board.

After 15 years as global partners with the Guggenheim Museum, Deutsche Bank will re-open the former Deutsche Guggenheim site in Berlin as the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in April 2013. A globally-oriented platform for contemporary art, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will show collaborative projects with independent curators, international partner museums and cultural institutions as well as exhibitions of work from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

The Deutsche KunstHalle will open in April 2013 with a large solo exhibition by Imran Qureshi, Deutsche Bank’s 2013 Artist of the Year. Considered one of Pakistan’s most important contemporary artists, Qureshi works in the style of miniature painting through formats ranging from small-scale paper paintings to large installation-based works that can occupy entire buildings and plazas.

To see a video about the Deutsche Guggenheim partnership, please click here. For more information about the Deutsche Guggenheim and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, please see the press release.

Stefan Krause (R), Deutsche Bank Management Board member, greets Richard Armstrong (L), Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation.