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A Storyboard for 45 floors
Deutsche Bank's New York Collection



Unlike a museum or a gallery, Deutsche Bank's New York collection is situated in the midst of a highly active business environment. 45 floors amount to a 1.6 million square-foot office tower; in terms of art, that's an incredible amount of space. Cheryl Kaplan on Deutsche Bank's new headquarters at 60 Wall Street and 45 different ways to experience the art in the building.


Panorama View of 60 Wallstreet

Until recently, it's been Code Orange Plus in New York. At the heart of the Financial District, inches away from Ground Zero, a subtle arrangement of barriers, weather-proof check-points and National Guards give way to a gaggle of tourists armed with digital cameras. Elsewhere, the extended anxiety of a post -9/11 world is carefully tucked away, rarely mentioned except when the TV stations cart out the code signals, just in time to remind us that the world is not yet quite at peace.. In New York, talk circles around the selection of the official memorial: is it really that bad? Is it really that good? The Mayor does what he can to settle tensions between the families of the victims and the families of the rescuers, each of whom want separate forms of recognition. It's an argument that ignores the fact that destruction is not selective and that New York, in any case, is certainly mending.


Federal Hall and stock market, New York

On Wall Street, a tense normality can still be felt, but that may be due more to the sub-zero weather that's been gripping the City for months. Approaching the New York Stock Exchange, traders bundle together in groups of two and three, for a quick chat before returning inside. Standing before the entrance to Deutsche Bank's new Wall Street headquarters, a quick look east finds the river practically fusing with the FDR Drive. Nearby, construction is already underway of Wall Street Park where a memorial fountain, created with funds the bank has pledged to the NYC Parks & Recreation Department, will honor four Deutsche Bank colleagues who lost their lives on September 11th. The fountain, a symbol of perserverance, revival and hope, references the fountain that originally stood at Deutsche Bank's building,130 Liberty Street. As Mayor Bloomberg has noted: "The presence of a global financial leader such as Deutsche Bank underscores downtown's enduring status as the 'Financial Capital of the World.'" He confidently added that Deutsche Bank's "commitment will help take Lower Manhattan into the future." A visit to 60 Wall Street and to Deutsche Bank's New York curator, Liz Christensen, quickly begins to illustrate why.



Harbour and Trinity Church, New York

Having planned to relocate its US headquarters to 60 Wall Street well before 9/11, Deutsche Bank had already agreed to purchase its new building from J.P.Morgan Chase well before the attack. Prior to September 11, 2001, Deutsche Bank occupied a combined 1.8 million square feet at 4 World Trade Center and 130 Liberty Street. As a result of the attacks, its offices at 4 World Trade Center were destroyed, and the space at 130 Liberty Street was irreparably damaged. The bank was forced to relocate employees, with many absorbed into its midtown offices at 31 West 52 Street and even some employees even moving to 60 Wall Street in the building's early stages. With the move, Deutsche Bank has now re-established 5,500 jobs downtown, along with an additional 1,000 jobs in its midtown offices. Originally completed in 1989, the interior of the 47-story tower designed by Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Associates has gradually been transformed by the architectural firm Gensler who in the case of the lobby concentrated chiefly on subtle refinements, including changes in lighting, especially in reference to the viewing of Deutsche Bank's extensive collection of art.


Lobby, 60 Wallstreet, New York

A major public atrium will in the future most likely become a venue for curated public art projects and events related to the collection. Discussions are in progress now with the Guggenheim and others regarding the space and programming. No one is more familiar with every square inch of Deutsche Bank's 47 floors than Liz Christensen who has been in charge of curating and re-organizing this massive ongoing exhibition throughout the transition from midtown back to Wall Street. The planning for the "migration," as it's called, began in April 2003. In this new venue, the entire re-installation will be completed by February 2004. The context for the works in the collection has shifted. Each floor is organized according to newly created themes or art historical points of view.


Gerhard Richter: Abstraktes Bild (Faust), 1981, Deutsche Bank Collection

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