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Art Moments on Demand:
A New Video Archive Documents Highlights of Deutsche Bank’s Art Program



A studio visit in Jeff Koons’ New York workshop, a fashion show in the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, ferries from the Bosporus on Frankfurt’s River Main: the new “video on demand” pages make it possible to experience Deutsche Bank’s international art projects up close.

In the early morning hours of September 7 1986, a low loader from Frankfurt’s East Harbor rolled up in front of Deutsche Bank’s twin towers in the dawning light to unload its 80 to 90-ton burden with the help of a huge crane. The 4.5 meter-high granite sculpture was heaved onto its pedestal far above the treetops. After over three and a half years of preparation, Max Bill’s Continuity had finally arrived at its destination. Since then, the granite sculpture, twisted around itself like a Mobius strip, has established itself as a symbol of Deutsche Bank’s commitment to art; like Frankfurt’s twin towers, it’s become one of the company’s trademarks.

From Max Bill’s sculpture Continuity (1986) to Ayse Erkmen’s temporary art project Shipped Ships (2001): fifteen years of the bank’s involvement with art can now be experienced directly in the internet. The documentation of Max Bill’s sculpture traces the development of the work of art from the detonations in the stone quarries on Sardinia and the transport over the Strait of Gibraltar to Rotterdam, culminating in its spectacular erection in Frankfurt. This extraordinary account of the making of a work of art forms the beginning of a video archive in which important projects and events from Deutsche Bank’s art program can be relived. What’s new is the service button in the navigation menu on all of Deutsche Bank Art’s internet pages that leads the viewer directly to Video on Demand – a new site in which artists’ interviews, documentation of performances, and reports can be seen and downloaded free of charge.

The visitor can see how the Deutsche Guggenheim was built, get a look behind the scenes at the opening exhibition of Robert Delaunay – Parisian Visions (1997), stroll with James Rosenquist in a paper suit through reunified Berlin in 1999, experience an unusual art fashion show in the Deutsche Guggenheim, or see how Jeff Koons’ painting series Etheral – Easyfun (2000) was created on the computer and canvas. Video on Demand offers numerous original recordings of artists, curators, visitors, and bankers and shows how multi-faceted and diverse a life with art can be. Running a water pipe through the exhibition hall, chopping down a linden tree on “Unter den Linden,” transporting a spoon with cough syrup, or stealing a bicycle pump: the film documentation of “adventurous” actions such as Andreas Slominski’s 1999 exhibition in the Deutsche Guggenheim are juxtaposed with statements by Rolf Breuer, Hilmar Kopper, or Thomas Krens, the director of New York’s Guggenheim Foundation.

Some of the most memorable documentation is certainly the coverage of Ayse Erkmen’s project Shipped Ships from 2001. For the Moment series, in which Deutsche Bank Art presents temporary art events in public space, the Turkish artist invited ferries and crew from Japan, Istanbul, and Venice to take up service on the River Main for several weeks. The video not only elucidates some of the project’s logistical demands, but offers images of the moments that make up the project’s special quality: encounters between people from different cultures, ages, and backgrounds that come together for a single fleeting moment to become, without even knowing it, part of a living work of art.