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The Calendar to the Anniversary: Deutsche Bank’s 25-Year Commitment to Art





25 years of commitment to contemporary art – in 2005, Deutsche Bank will be celebrating its anniversary with a special art calendar: 25 motifs were selected that embody a quarter of a century of art from 1980 to 2005, from Beuys to Yanagi. The calendar presents facets of the Deutsche Bank Collection, the most important corporate collection worldwide that can be seen in the bank’s buildings and in international exhibitions around the globe. A special feature of the anniversary calendar is its packaging, which was inspired by Christo. The artwork illustrated on the cover is also by the artist.


left: Rainer Fetting / right: Max Bill

Starting off with Joseph Beuys’ series “Gut gekauft gern gekauft” (Well Bought, Happily Bought) from 1980, 25 works representative for the collection are presented in chronological order. Thus, January features a 1981 painting by Jörg Immendorff, followed by Rainer Fetting’s Girl and Bird from 1982. Each month is dedicated to two works of art. On the last December page, the Japanese artist Miwa Yanagi’s “Clairvoyant” asks the future about individual happiness. All in all, the 24 calendar pages clearly document styles and movements of the past years.



left: Jeff Koons / right: Beat Streuli

Beginning with the Heftige Malerei of the eighties and progressing through the pioneering photographs of the Bechers and the Swiss artist Max Bill’s sculpture Continuity in front of the twin towers of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the calendar pages lead into the nineties with an increasing degree of internationalism. Thus, the October 2005 pages present motifs by Beat Streuli and Jeff Koons , while the November 2005 pages show works by Bill Viola and Peter Doig. The twenty-fifth motif can be found “on top”: The Gates by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the cover page of our anniversary calendar, offers access to the art of Deutsche Bank. And at the same time if offers a view into an exciting and hopeful future.


Bill Viola

Christo and Jeanne-Claude have also been committed to their project “The Gates” for the past twenty-five years: that’s why it’s an honor and a great joy for Deutsche Bank to support the artist duo’s newest art project in New York’s Central Park. In February 2005, 7,500 gates nearly seventeen feet high will be erected for 16 days in Central Park, each of which is covered by a long orange plastic drape – at a time when the leaves have all fallen off the trees and severe snowstorms present a real possibility. Adapted to the measurements of the park’s paths, the gates wind like orange veins through Central Park over 37 kilometers of selected paths. Their synthetic woven panels are affixed in such a way that the wind blows them to the next gate, covering the winter park beneath a large veil of color.

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