A New Platform for Art, Culture and Sports:
Deutsche Bank Is Opening the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin
On September 27, 2018, Deutsche Bank is opening a groundbreaking international forum for art, culture, and sports in the heart of Berlin: the PalaisPopulaire. Rooms of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais at Unter den Linden 5 were redesigned by the renowned architectural office Kuehn & Malvezzi, and with clear forms and state-of-the-art technology transformed into a dynamic stage for contemporary culture. The PalaisPopulaire will be a vibrant, cosmopolitan space that connects and enthralls lovers of contemporary art and culture as well as sports enthusiasts. It will bring exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection and important partner institutions to Berlin, as well as concerts, readings, sports workshops, and digital experiences.
Thorsten Strauß, Global Head of Art, Culture & Sports of Deutsche Bank said: “The name PalaisPopulaire is programmatic. It stands for a place that is contemporary and open, offering an exciting mixture of art, culture, and sports activities. The PalaisPopulaire stands for the fundamental goals that Deutsche Bank has pursued with its cultural commitment for decades: creating access for everyone, recognizing and promoting talent, and thus making a positive contribution.”
The PalaisPopulaire will be directed by Svenja von Reichenbach, who has been in charge of Deutsche Bank’s Berlin exhibition activities since 1997, and directed the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle from 2013 until recently. In addition to networking with the cultural scene of the German capital, Reichenbach’s main aim is to offer a program with global appeal that attract guests from all over the world. “We view ourselves an open house that thrives on impulses from visitors,” says Reichenbach.
Encompassing more than 750 square meters, the PalaisPopulaire expands the bank’s art exhibition space threefold. “With it, the Deutsche Bank Collection has now truly found its own, permanent space accessible to the public,” says Friedhelm Hütte, responsible for the bank’s worldwide art program and curator of the opening exhibition The World On Paper. Today, Deutsche Bank boasts one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art on paper and photography. “At the PalaisPopulaire, the collection has finally found a permanent forum where we can present all of its facets. And we have more space for our cooperative projects with renowned cultural institutions,” says Hütte.
With around 300 highlights and new discoveries, many of which have never been seen by the public thus far, The World On Paper shows the Deutsche Bank Collection from a new perspective. The exhibition documents the variety, history, and internationality of this extraordinary collection.
The show is embedded in an extensive supporting program comprising offers from all three areas – art, culture, and sports.