From Richard Avedon to Andy Warhol - Masterpieces from the DZ BANK Art Collection in Städel Museum

DZ BANKs commitment to art focuses on innovative currents, and the structure of the collection, which has been building on for over 15 years now, follows trends that are trailblazing in art.

This thrust is in line with DZ BANKs decision to bestow a section of the artistic contemporary photography from its art collection that is ideal for museum presentation to Städel Museum in Frankfurt/Main, where it can go on permanent public display.

This idea is linked to the intention of enabling one of Germanys most important art institutes to expand its holdings to include the medium of photography in art among its works and to present the works in its planned new exhibition area.

The works that the Städel receives have been chosen in careful joint deliberation.

From the DZ BANKs portfolio, which includes about 6,000 works, the Städel Museum selected pieces that can be considered absolute gems for museum presentation. In line with the museum's collection tradition, the Städel chose over 200 outstanding pieces that in part have arisen since the 1980s.

The group of works being bestowed includes works from 76 internationally renowned artists from Richard Avedon to Andy Warhol.

Positions from essentially classical photojournalism Barbara Klemm, Sebastião Salgado, and Michael Schmidt are juxtaposed to fundamental works by Hilla and Bernd Becher and their school (Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth). Key positions from the 1960s and 1970s are documented in the shape of works by Jürgen Klauke, Valie Export and Peter Roehr.

The increasing presence of ICT and globalized communications are reflected in the work of Lynn Hershman, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler and Thomas Demand. While Alex Hartley and Jean-Marc Bustamante have opened the photographic image out into space. Copy and image lock into new levels of meaning in the works of Robert Barry, Jochen Gerz, Peter Hutchinson, Marie-Jo Lafontaine and Anne & Patrick Poirier.

A specific area of art that relies on photography (namely the image of the human body and the atmospheric depiction of particular milieus) is incisively presented in the works of Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Wolfgang Tillmans. The themes of gender and self-staging play an important role in the works of Gilbert&George, Tracey Moffatt, Bettina Rheims, Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman.

Urban and conceptual research is undertaken by Suzanne Lafont, John Miller and Beat Streuli, while Dan Graham, Katharina Sieverding and Lorca Simpson reflect on the socio-political context. Individual positions in the cross-genre context are handled by Joseph Beuys, John Chamberlain, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Gerhard Richter and Günther Uecker.

The works the Städel has chosen offer an impressive insight into our collection, which we assembled with the intention of a collective approach to art. The exemplary positions enable us to sense the artistic pulse of the day and are the expression of important individual voices in the domain of the visual arts today, explains Luminita Sabau, art historian and since 1992 Head of the DZ BANK Art Collection.



Sylke Grußendorf, Spokesperson DZ BANK AG
Tel.: +49 69 7447-2381, fax: +49 69 7447-90309