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Deutsche Bank collection opens to public for one day only

Visitors to its Milan headquarters get a rare peek at one of the largest corporate art collections in the world

Patrick Tuttofuoco's X-Flag, 2007 at Deutsche Bank Milano (© Patrick Tuttofuoco, Deutsche Bank Collection, Photo: © Paolo Valentini)

Deutsche Bank Italy is hosting its sixth annual “Open Day” from 10am-7pm on 6 October. The bank’s Italian headquarters in Milan will open its doors to the public for the day and allow visitors to see a selection of works from its private collection, which consists of over 400 works by Italian and foreign artists. Deutsche Bank owns one of the largest corporate collections of contemporary art in the world, split between its bases in Frankfurt, London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Milan.

This year’s event takes “daily life” as it’s theme and aims to establish a connection between the contemporary works on show and the everyday lives of those visiting the collection. The show includes large site-specific works such as Patrick Tuttofuoco’s neon light sculpture X-Flag, commissioned by the bank in 2006 for its grand entrance hall, and Alberto Garutti’s glow-in-the-dark bench installation, Che cosa succede nelle stanze quando gli uomini se ne vanno? (what happens in rooms when people leave?), 2000-2004. Meanwhile another permanent installation commissioned by the bank, Roberta Silva’s Piccola giungla concreta, Tesoro, (small concrete jungle, treasure) 2007, is on view in the interior garden. Photographs of industrial sites from Gabriele Basilico’s Fabbrica series, from 1978 to 80, are on display in the bank’s corridors along with watercolours by the German artist Ina Weber.

Deutsche Bank staff are encouraged to take part in the event by acting as exhibition guides, and the event promises to pay particular attention to its younger visitors, ranging from animations aimed towards small children to art workshops for six- to 12-year-olds.

The Deutsche Bank Open Day is part of “Invito a Palazzo”, a wider programme aimed at opening corporate collections to the public, supported by the Associazione Bancaria Italiana (Italian banking association).

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