DZ BANK ART COLLECTION
A part of the DZ BANK corporate culture
DZ BANK sees art as part of its corporate culture. Alongside its activities as a collector and sponsor of art, the Bank also considers it the company’s duty to provide society with access to its art.
The DZ BANK Art Collection was established in 1993 and is the corporate collection of DZ BANK AG, which is headquartered in Frankfurt/Main Germany. Comprising more than 7,000 works of art by over 700 international artists, the Collection is one of the largest of its kind. Its focus is on contemporary art as manifested in the photographic image.
The establishment of ART FOYER, a 300 square metre exhibition space in Frankfurt/Main, has meant that since 2006 it has been possible to offer the general public access to the Bank’s extensive inventory within a museum framework, with four changing exhibitions per year. Five days per week, ART FOYER can be visited free of charge.
The DZ BANK Art Collection - the overarching concept
One of the driving forces behind the establishment of the Collection was the idea of art as an internal communications tool. Today, almost all 50 storeys at the Westend 1 tower have formed the backdrop for art shows. Not only does this create an inspiring working environment, the ensuing discussions on the artist(s) in question also promote communication between employees.
Its focus is on contemporary art as manifested in the photographic image. What is meant by this is all works of art which have undergone a technical, photographic process during the course of their genesis. This includes collages, photographs which have been painted on or over, photograms and pictorial material manipulated using a computer.
From the outset, selection criteria have been the classic art history genres such as portraits, still lifes, landscapes, interiors etc.
The Collection has always shown a particular interest in photographic works by artists better known in other fields of art, such as painting or sculpture, artists who take a different approach to photography and can offer viewers a new perspective on the medium.
Detailed background information is available on the dedicated website
The ART FOYER - an exhibition space for everyone
By creating an exhibition space accessible to the public, DZ BANK put into practice its aspiration to allow the general public to share in its works of art and of communicating the latter. After conversion work on the Cityhaus I building, one of the three office towers that form the DZ BANK head office in Frankfurt/Main, a 300 square meter exhibition hall opened at the beginning of 2009.
From the rich collection inventory four exhibitions are curated in the year, which are either compiled thematically or are dedicated to a particular artist.
More detailed information about current exhibitions is available on the dedicated website: