While Deutsche Bank has sponsored the Städel Museum in Frankfurt for many years, the Städel has embodied exemplary civic commitment to art since it was founded in 1815. With its rich holdings, the art institution presents a unique overview of 700 years of European art, from the early fourteenth century, to the Renaissance, baroque, and Classic Modernist periods, up to the present day.
In 2015, the year of its 200th anniversary, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt achieved a historic record number of visitors. More than 650,000 art enthusiasts attended exhibitions such as “Monet and the Birth of Impressionism,” “Masterworks in Dialogue,” and “The 80s: Figurative Painting in West Germany.” Deutsche Bank was the main sponsor of the latter show, which shed new light on an important phase of modern German art history, and the bank loaned important works for the exhibition. Since the Städel’s 3,000-square-meter extension opened in 2012, the museum has had an excellent space to additionally exhibit its comprehensive collection of contemporary art. In the extension, a number of artworks from the Deutsche Bank Collection are always on view.
Back in 2008, Deutsche Bank and the Städel agreed on a loan of 60 paintings and sculptures, 161 original works on paper, and 379 prints. With this selection, important positions of the Städel’s holdings have been supplemented, particularly German art from the 1960s to the 1990s. Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Sigmar Polke, and Martin Kippenberger are represented with important paintings. The works of at the Städel are excellently complemented by “Ways of Worldly Wisdom: Arminius's Battle.” Work groups by Hanne Darboven, Günther Förg, and Imi Knoebel expand the museum’s graphics collection. One room is devoted to graphics series by Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter from the Deutsche Bank Collection. In March, the exhibition “Sigmar Polke. Early Prints” will open at the Städel featuring many works from the Deutsche Bank Collection.
Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum can also be explored via an app, which can be downloaded for free in the App Store. Since 2015, Deutsche Bank has also promoted the ambitious launch of the museum’s new digital presentation, particularly the film offer on contemporary art that is being developed in the context of the digitalization of the Frankfurt art institution. Short films introduce selected artists and their work in an informative, entertaining way. As a consequence, the museum’s educational tasks are being expanded in an innovative manner and the Städel is appealing to new target groups.
Georg Baselitz’ works from the Deutsche Bank Collection were on view at the Städel Museum back in 1997 as part of a traveling exhibition which also moved on to Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 1999, the Deutsche Guggenheim devoted a large solo show to the artist. Works such as Baselitz’ “Adler” formed the core of the corporate collection in the 1980s, epitomizing a new kind of figurative painting that critically engaged with recent German history.
Anselm Kiefer’s works are among the earliest purchased for the Deutsche Bank Collection. As one of his central works, “Wege der Weisheit” was presented in a prominent place on an executive floor before the Deutsche Bank Towers were modernized. In his monumental woodcut collage, the artistic brings together such disparate historical figures as Hermann the Cheruscan, Alfred Krupp and Martin Heidegger, thus presenting an ambivalent panorama of German intellectual history.
In the original arrangement of art in the Deutsche Bank towers, an entire floor was devoted to Sigmar Polke starting in 1986. Works on paper by the “Artist of the Business Year 1994” were included in numerous exhibitions of the Deutsche Bank Collection, for which almost his entire oeuvre of prints was acquired. Polke’s wit and stylistic pluralism, as well as his virtuoso usage of reproductions from mass media, influenced a whole generation of artists.
The Deutsche Bank started acquiring works by Leipzig-born Neo Rauch in the early 1990s. The Deutsche Guggenheim, a cooperation between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, mounted his first solo exhibition in 2001, at the beginning of the artist’s international career. Rauch’s enigmatic works combine personal experiences, inner images and an investigation of German history. The entire 29th floor of the Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt is devoted to Neo Rauch.
True Bavarians row “newcomers” across Königsee Lake – this is written below the newspaper photo on which Richter’s “Kahnfahrt” is based. Apart from this early painting, nearly all of the artist’s early prints are included in the permanent loan. In addition, Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Business Year 1988” executed “Acht Grau,” a spectacular work commissioned for the Deutsche Guggenheim in 2002.
In 1991, Rosemarie Trockel was Deutsche Bank’s “Artist of the Business Year,” and in 2005 the Deutsche Bank Foundation sponsored a major retrospective of her work at Museum Ludwig in Cologne. In the mid 1980s, Trockel began making her subversive “knitted pictures.” Her material refers to a female sphere and can be interpreted as feminist commentary on a male-dominated art industry. In her work, Trockel has repeatedly explored women’s roles in society and the art scene.
14 Euro, reduced 12 Euro
Family ticket 24 Euro
Free admission: children under the age of 12
U-Bahn U1. U2, U4, U8 (Schweizer Platz)
Straßenbahn 15, 16 (Otto-Hahn-Platz)
Bus 46 (Städel)