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When Different Worlds Meet:
Blind Date presents the new acquisitions of the Deutsche Bank Collection in the historical ambiance of Seligenstadt

In the show case: Ellen Gallaghers series "DeLuxe"

Unusual encounters and connections – the exhibition "Blind Date" combines the latest new acquisitions for the Deutsche Bank Collection with highlights that have already long been part of the largest corporate collection worldwide. Before the historical backdrop of Seligenstadt, Wilhelm Sasnal is confronted with Raymond Pettibon, Rosemarie Trockel with Joseph Beuys. Oliver Koerner von Gustorf on surprising juxtapositions and fascinating dialogues in the first part of a new exhibition series by Deutsche Bank Art.

Rooms of the prelacy befor the exhibition

The former Benedictine cloister in Seligenstadt, once a cultural and spiritual center, bears the traces of two very different kinds of energy: the spirit of work and common prayer and an undeniable weakness for worldly splendor. In 828, Einhard, scholar and biographer of Charlemagne, commissioned the basilica that he was buried in, built from the stones of a Roman citadel and one of the largest church structures with a Carolinian core north of the Alps. In 1699, the abbot of the time extended the tranquil Benedictine abbey that bred pigeons and bees, adding a prelacy that was Baroque in spirit – a magnificent building in a grand style with separate living and market areas as well as cellars.

Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, Direktor of Deutsche Bank Art, at the press conference on the occasion of the opening of Blind Date Seligenstadt

Today, visitors to the building and its atmospheric garden are invited to imagine life in the cloister. After seven years of renovation, the prelacy can now be visited again for the first time in over 200 years, during which time it was only accessible to a select group. The spring of 2006, however, marks a unique state of transition; before its transformation into a historical museum, the elaborately restored rooms are still almost completely unfurnished.

Opening Blind Date Seligenstadt

The contrast between the simplicity and clarity of the empty rooms and the ornamental Baroque paintings and illusionist murals on the walls and ceilings seems predestined for one of the most unusual exhibitions the Deutsche Bank Collection has ever presented.

Dinner in the former refectory on the occasion of the
opening of Blind Date Seligenstadt

Dr. Ariane Grigoteit, director of Deutsche Bank Art , deliberately selected a location far removed from ordinary art venues. While Blind Date departs from the paths of conventional curatorship to risk an experiment in which contemporary art, historical architecture, and the history of a city and a collection meet and overlap, the exhibition also features two premiers. While the occasion marks the first time the prelacy of the Seligenstadt Cloister is opening its doors to the public, the Deutsche Bank Collection is showing its latest new acquisitions for the first time in its 27-year history.

View into one of the magnificent halls on the upper floor of the prelacy

Just as the location doesn’t reveal its secrets if one doesn’t pursue them, the connections within the collection unfold in a process of association. "We wanted to find a framework that underscores the multiple references of the new acquisitions to the older works in the collection", Ariane Grigoteit explains. "And we succeeded in doing this with Blind Date. The exhibition provides a peek behind the scenes, so to speak; it shows how the new works carry the collection forward. This new exhibition series will be supported each year by a series of international curators." For the first show of the series, the young London curator Jessica Morgan was asked to juxtapose the latest acquisitions with a selection of works already part of the Deutsche Bank Collection. The result is over 40 pairings of artists and works – encounters between generations, movements, concepts, and styles arranged in very different ways.

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