EXHIBITION 17.05 > 15.09 Two corporate collections
of contemporary art.


Two corporate collections expose for the first time

Over the years, the Deutsche Bundesbank and the National Bank of Belgium have each built up a collection of contemporary art focused on artists from their country. For the first time, the two central banks are now opening up a major part of their collections to the general public. The exhibition is being staged in the Bank’s renovated modernist banking hall, right in the centre of Brussels.

As an institution serving the public interest, guardian of the currency since 1850 – and part of the monetary union for over 20 years – the National Bank of Belgium has, since 1972, also maintained a collection of contemporary Belgian art, which is kept in its offices on the boulevard de Berlaimont in Brussels. Owing to the lack of appropriate exhibition space – one does not simply walk into a central bank – this collection had never previously been put on display.

Unique collections, little known architecture

Since the mid-20th century, the two central banks have been committed to supporting contemporary art in their respective countries. Focusing on living art, without any commercial agenda, they have both put together original collections, unique in their genre. With some of the greatest artists inspiring international painting since the 1980s, such as Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, A. R. Penck and Jörg Immendorff, the German collection will showcase a selection of exceptional talents – too seldom exhibited – while the National Bank of Belgium’s collection will feature extraordinary artists such as Michaël Matthys, Jacques Lizène, Ann-Veronica Janssens, Marthe Wéry, Marianne Berenhaut, and many others.


Guided tours

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tel. 02 380 22 09
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Symposium – Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art: a look behind the scenes

6 June 2019

Auditorium of the National Bank of Belgium
rue Montagne aux Herbes potagères 61, 1000 Brussels

Information and programme

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  • Exhibition

    From 17/5
    to 15/9

    Free entrance!

  • Opening Hours

    (10am - 6pm)

    Monday –

  • Special Openings

    (10am – 6pm)

    Sunday 21 July
    Sunday 15 September

  • Nocturnes

    (5pm - 10pm)

    Thursday 30 May
    Thursday 20 June
    Thursday 18 July
    Thursday 22 August


National Bank of Belgium / Boulevard de Berlaimont 3, Brussels