For Museums Night and during the Museum Embankment Festival there is always a run on tickets for the bank collections in the companies' headquarters. Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank and DZ Bank all present their works of art to the public on these occasions. But they also offer guided tours at other times.
A collection that is younger and more international than ever before: Deutsche Bank's global activities in the field of art are centred around its head office in Frankfurt. Around 1,500 photographs and works on paper are displayed, taking visitors on a journey of discovery through the global art scene that is continued at more than 900 other Deutsche Bank sites. Works by international artists are displayed according to their country of origin. Free guided tours of Deutsche Bank's collection are offered every first Monday of the month at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.
In Commerzbank's Gallileo Tower, exhibits such as the light installation Light Shaft II by James Turrell have been enthralling employees and visitors alike since 2003. On each level, the floor in front of the lifts has been fitted with neon tubes whose colours constantly change in harmonious fashion. The collection is occasionally open to the public. At Commerzbank's head office, the gardens and the tower's distinctive 'spire' are illuminated by a light installation by artist Thomas Emde. This permanent installation has dominated the Frankfurt skyline since the building opened in 1997.
Since 1994, the focus of DZ Bank's collection at its head office in Frankfurt has been contemporary photography. More than 6,500 artworks by over 600 artists make up the collection, which is one of the largest of its kind. Public guided tours take place at 5.30pm on the last Friday of the month (please book in advance).
Another bank, Helaba, has been dedicated to works by contemporary artists since 1996. The juxtaposition of a wide range of media, from painting and drawing to photography, sculpture and video, mirrors the forms of expression used in modern art production. The 'Frankfurt steps' and a video installation by US artist Bill Viola, which are situated in the foyer of the Main Tower, are always accessible to visitors. Public guided tours are offered by arrangement.
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