The UK Collection

For 40 years, Deutsche Bank has been encouraging and supporting new artistic talent and original ideas. The concept of the collection, concentrates on works on paper and photography by international contemporary artists. The bank's involvement in art is a pillar of its Art & Culture division. The global division concentrates, cross-links and develops Deutsche Bank's activities and strengthens the company's cultural diversity. In the UK, the Collection is on display throughout the Deutsche Bank offices, with main hubs in London and Birmingham.

Art in London

Deutsche Bank opened its London office in 1973. Now there are 100 conference rooms in the bank's London buildings named after artists from around the globe. In each room a wall plaque provides a short biography of the artist alongside their work. Floors and corridors are also hung with the Collection, making sure art is a continuous part of everyone's though process.

The reception area of the London headquarters features large artworks by Keith Tyson and Susan Derges as well as major sculptures by Anish Kapoor and Tony Cragg however the vast majority of the art in the Deutsche Bank Collection is on a modest scale, focusing on works on paper.

Tony Cragg, born 1949 in Liverpool, UK


Secretions, 1998, Thermo plastic and fibreglass

Tony Cragg, the son of an electrical designer for aircraft, was the accepted leader of a group of artists who emerged at the very beginning of the eighties, called the New British Sculptors. He came to art through the unusual route of scientific training. Secretions is made of dice, but its subject explores the structure of the universe rather than the expected, gambling. The title refers to the act of transformation: old forms secreting to make the new order. ‘It will become necessary to find a language to describe the invisible, the inaudible, the unsmellable or the untouchable.’

Susan Derges, born 1955 in London, UK


Shoreline, 4 September 1997, 1997, Dye destruction print

Susan Derges trained as a painter before turning to photography, and in particular to the cameraless photography for which she, along with contemporaries such as Adam Fuss and Garry Fabian Miller, has become internationally renowned. Her work, Shoreline, 4 September, 1997, shows the moment a wave tumbles onto the surface of four pieces of light-sensitive paper. To create the work, these pieces of paper were submerged in the water at the mouth of the River Taw at night, using the darkness of the landscape as her darkroom and subjecting the paper to a brief flash of light – a process that visualises the synergy between science, nature and art.

Anish Kapoor, born 1954 in Mumbai, India


Turning the World Upside Down III, 1996, Stainless steel

Anish Kapoor’s art encourages questions about the origins of world. His recurrent theme of the void has made this clear. Turning the World Upside Down III, 1996 is like a great beached scientific model of the void and the world. The curved steel in the void of the sculpture reflects back on itself, doubling the image and turning everything upside down. It almost stands as a warning of the fragility of ideas.

Keith Tyson, born 1969 in Lancashire, UK


12 Harmonics, 2011, Mixed media on aluminium

Keith Tyson’s twelve-part painting, 12 Harmonics, overflows with ideas, theories and other ways to explore the world. The Harmonics Theory formula is chalked out on the blackboard in panel nine, but that is only one among many keys to this polyptych. The artist does not believe in the exalted altarpiece positioning of art. Art is part of everyday reality. One learns from this picture as one learns from life. Click here to see the making of this work.

Art in Birmingham

With the opening of a new building in Birmingham in 2014, Deutsche Bank continued it's commitment to contemporary art by installing two site-specific artworks in the reception area by Raqs Media Collective and Idris Khan, along with the naming of a number of conference rooms after artists. Young artists such as Stuart Whipps, Ruth Claxton, Elizabeth Rowe and BAZ who live and work in Birmingham are featured alongside international artists such as Mona Hatoum and Markus Lüpertz.

Raqs Media Collective, based in New Delhi, India


The Arc of a Day, 2014, 13 clocks, high gloss aluminium with LED lights, gold paint

Raqs Media Collective is based in New Delhi and made up of three individuals: Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta. The 12 clocks in the arc stand in for an hour of daylight on equilux (the day of the year when there is exactly 12 hours of daylight) representing different cities, whereas the 13th clock stands for the imaginary city, 'Rummidge', invented by Birmingham-based novelist and academic, David Lodge. With each of the numbers on the clock faces replaced by emotions, The Arc of a Day asks us to stand still for a moment in the middle of a busy, breathless day and consider our feelings about time.

Idris Khan, born 1978 in Walsall, UK


A River Runs Happy, 2014, Oil based ink on gesso, slate and marble dust

A River Runs Happy looks like an abstracted blue starburst or an inverted cloud, but on closer inspection it is made up of a series of relatively short printed words, phrases and sentences: an amalgamation of the artists own words along with those of other inspirations such as painter Agnes Martin. Language can never be abstract, and so in using words as the building bricks of this work, Idris Khan emphasises the stumbling, awkward path to happiness.

Art in Dublin

In 2014, Deutsche Bank moved into a new building in Dublin and installed two key artworks in its reception space - a triptych by Irish artist, Felim Egan, and a 25 meter wallpaper artwork by Jaki Irvine. As well as this, in the building hangs artworks by prominent Irish and international artists from the Collection including Mark Francis, Gerard Byrne, Elizabeth Magill, Maria Serebriakova and Sean Scully.

Felim Egan, born 1952 in Strabane, Ireland


A Brighter Dawn I-III, 2014, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

The key to the scale of Felim Egan’s abstract paintings is on his doorstep, on Dublin’s waterfronts. The small hand-drawn geometric shapes have a similar relationship to their backgrounds as figures on the beach. His highly pared-down abstraction has a very human feel to it. He taunts us with contradictions: teasing us with the subtlest harmonies of colours, proportions and mathematics and yet never denying the impossibility of pure thought, pure abstraction. There is grit in the very texture of his oil paintings, actually sand from the Strand. His paintings encourage us to soar with our minds, but they have a touch of the earth in them.

Jaki Irvine, born 1966 in Dublin, Ireland


Shot in Mexico: On the Impossibility of Imagining the Numbers od Dead and Disappeared (Vertical), 2014, 20 framed archival pigment prints on wallpaper

Jaki Irvine was born in 1966 in Dublin and currently lives in Dublin and Mexico. Each year, vast colonies of monarch butterflies journey 4,000 km from Canada, to winter in the mountains near Angangueo, in the Mexican state of Michoacan. Passing through the United States, they are decimated by toxic crop sprays and other dangers. Through her work, Jaki Irvine comments on the environmental issues threatening these butterflies while also drawing parallels with the dangers faced by migrant workers that result in vast numbers of deaths as they make the hazardous journey through Mexico, from Latin America into the United States.