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.
Book your guided tours here:
|in English, German and Dutch||in French|
tel. 02 380 22 09
Symposium – Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art: a look behind the scenes
6 June 2019
The Renault art collection illustrates the diversity of corporate collections. As the title of the presentation sounds, it is a pioneering epic. It was initiated between 1967 and 1985 and counts around 350 works by about 30 historical artists, such as Arman, Dubuffet, Tinguely, Niki de Saint-Phalle, Vasarely, Rauschenberg, Soto, …
The originality of the initiative consists in bringing together two separate worlds: art and industry. After 20 years stand by, the activity of the collection resumed in 1996 according to the same principles. Ann Hindry, art historian and art critic, curator of exhibitions, is also director of the Renault collection.
Presentation of the Renaul Art Collection by Ann Hindry (expected)
Destined to live within a working environment, corporate collections are characterised by alignment with certain values, and thus innovate with certain boundaries or constraints that may be less common in museums. Artworks of corporate art collections are mostly showcased in spaces inaccessible to the broad public, thus mostly reserving the art for the exclusive consumption of corporate staff and their closest stakeholders. Nevertheless, corporations are increasingly aware of their contribution and responsibility to, as well as reliance upon society, and so opt for opening their collections to a wider public.
That’s the topic of Delphine Munro’s presentation: “The Pro’s and Cons of going public, in a corporate collector’s perspective”. Delphine Munro is Head of Art & Culture at the European Investment Bank in Luxemburg, the bank of the European Union, a public interest organization.
Presentation by Delphine Munro – European Investment Bank
In line with the motto “Art works” for nearly 40 years Deutsche Bank offers employees, clients and the general public access to contemporary art – through its collection at the workplace, in international exhibitions, at the Palais Populaire in Berlin, as well as through educational programmes.
Far from having a museum vocation, Proximus Art Collection’s mission is to integrate contemporary art, in its many forms of expression, into the work environment. At the same time, the team in charge of the collection makes every effort to encourage the understanding and interpretation of works which are not always easily accessible or obvious.
Presentation of the Proximus Art Collection by Stefaan De Clerck
Those who think that corporate collecting is only for multinational groups of the tertiary sector can be astonished by the story of the medium sized Walloon building company Macors It is a story about excellence, creativity, local roots and crossed pollination.
Presentation by Gérard Sevrin – Company Macors
(10am - 6pm)
(10am – 6pm)
Sunday 21 July
Sunday 15 September
(5pm - 10pm)
Thursday 30 May
Thursday 20 June
Thursday 18 July
Thursday 22 August
National Bank of Belgium / Boulevard de Berlaimont 3, Brussels