We were lucky enough to be given a tour of Deutsche Bank London’s impressive collection last week and were joined by a small group of our VIP Art Club members. I can safely say that we were completely overwhelmed at the volume and scope of the art that adorns their walls. Deutsche Bank has been associated with collecting contemporary art since 1979 and have established a vast collection of artists you will have heard of, and some they’re sure you’ll hear about in the near future!
When we entered their London offices from London Wall we couldn’t help but see Keith Tyson’s huge 12 Harmonics series that hangs down the entire length of the lobby. Commissioned for the space, Tyson’s polyptych panels are impressive for reasons beyond their scale. Each of the 12 panels painted on aluminium show one of the 12 signs of the Zodiac that are either immediately obvious or entice the viewer to work out which star sign is connected to which panel. However Tyson doesn’t stop at the signs of the Zodiac, or the first twelve elements of the Period Table… or even cleverly including numerical clues from 1 to 12. If you were not impressed by the three ways Tyson includes three different ways of linking the polyptych, he finally links the series with groups of three for each of the seasons and then splits the polyptch panels in half to have 6 day and 6 night panels.
After managing to pull us away from Tyson’s incredible work we were shown up to the eighth floor where the meeting rooms are named after – and contain – a contemporary artist. Corridor upon corridor is lined with works by familiar artists with the names on the doors giving clues as to what might await you inside. We were winding our way around the labyrinth of the eighth floor when one by one we disappeared off into the meeting rooms to discover works by artists we all loved. As both a fan of architecture and art I must admit I loved the views from their offices onto the nigh-time City skyline.
The remit of the collection is that it consists (with the odd exception) of works on paper. This is for two reasons, firstly it means that often the works are by well-known artists made more affordable by purchasing their traditionally less desirable works on paper and secondly that in an office block there is an abundance of space on the walls to hang the art!
The London collection of the Deutsche Bank is impressive on its own, but it is not an isolated example of the Deutsche Bank’s commitment to encourage artists and the wider art scene. The Deutsche Bank Towers in Frankfurt, Germany, is a similar enterprise on an even greater scale with floors organised into groups by geographic region and then by individual artist. Maybe a trip to Frankfurt might be on the horizon!
If you want to learn more about this incredible collection, the Deutsche Bank London has created an Art App for iPhones and iPads which can be downloaded, for free, here.
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Insure your art collection or art gallery in the month of October or November 2013 through Brownhill Insurance Group (Love Art Insurance) and join us for an exclusive and private tour of the world-famous Deutsche Bank art collection.
Deutsche Bank’s art collection in London consists of over 4,000 contemporary works on paper, as well as major paintings and sculptures in its reception area by artists such as Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor, Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson. Through its art collection, Deutsche Bank aims to both enrich its working environment and support contemporary artists from around the world. Deutsche Bank is sponsoring Frieze Art Fair for the 10th consecutive year in 2013.
The Brownhill Deutsche Bank tour will start with a glass of wine, a welcome from Browhills and an introduction to the collection by a Deutsche Bank art expert. The event will then continue with a tour of the most prominent artworks in the collection. The tour will concentrate on works displayed in the reception and 50 conference rooms and corridors of their London head office in the City.
Places on the tour are extremely limited, and will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis at the discretion of the Directors of Brownhill Insurance Group.
Brownhill Insurance Group are specialists in art insurance – for established, up and coming art collectors and art dealers. For more information, please click here and for a quote please contact our Love Art Insurance Team on 020 8353 8903 or email email@example.com, quoting “Brownhills Loves Deutsche Bank Art”.Image courtesy of – Deutsche Bank London reception area, featuring artworks by Tony Cragg and Keith Tyson.
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