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Anyone capable of tearing himself away from this altar of fervently sung "amore" and who turns around discovers a direct view over a balustrade to Tuttofuoco’s X-Flag in the entrance hall. Boehm views the "X" as the unknown; an empty space into which each viewer can project his or her own notions. Not the worst idea, in that Tuttofuoco’s sculpture seems like a flag that belongs to everybody. Which is entirely appropriate for an entrance hall where over a thousand employees and as many living worlds encounter one another every day.

Carolina Antich, Taglio trasversale di un fiore, 2002,
Deutsche Bank Collection

In the end, we take the lift back down to the ground level. Here, among other things, are a gym and rooms for lectures and continuing education. In one of the rooms are two large-scale oil paintings by Carolina Antich. The Argentinean artist painted two groups of children in delicate lines and pale colors that seem to have posed for a commemorative picture.

On one painting are the girls, on another are the boys. The school picture feeling of the images comes across as an ironic message to the employees that have to labor away here. On the other hand, Antich’s paintings might perhaps remind the young bankers of the hopes they once had as children. Hopes that could perhaps fulfill themselves in the lecture rooms.

Armin Linke, Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, 1999,
Deutsche Bank Collection

When I leave the bank again, it’s still drizzling. I return to the city center and see that the Celtic fans have turned the plaza in front of the cathedral into a sea of broken beer bottles. My thoughts drift back to the works of art. These are works that bring light and humor into the sober office corridors; works that assert their status as art – and not decoration. Works that engage in dialogue with the employees and inspire them to occasionally call their everyday working reality into question. With the DB Collection Italy, Deutsche Bank has achieved a wonderful and at the same time courageous art installment. Unfortunately, I don’t understand Italian. But on my way to the airport, one word nonetheless comes to mind: Benissimo!

More information on the new art installment in Deutsche Bank’s Milan headquarters can be found here. The Italian/English catalogue "Deutsche Bank Collection Italy" is published by Silvana Editoriale, Milan.

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