UniCredit at the Bicentenary of the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich
This year the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich is celebrating its bicentenary with several events.
UniCredit (i. e. the Chairman of the Administration Board, Dieter Rampl) being a member of the "Stiftung Kunstakademie" (foundation Kunstakademie) decided to make a contribution to the bicentenary by supporting "FÖHN, FORM, FERSTAND ", a series of lectures, films and concerts which tries to work out the mutual influence of the City of Munich and the Academy.
In the press conference on May 9, 2008, Professor Stephan Huber, curator of "FÖHN, FORM, FERSTAND" will present his ideas and the artists involved.
Jean Claude Mosconi, Head of Public and Community Relations of UniCredit Group , will explain the strategy of Group in supporting culture and arts and the reason why the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich fits perfectly in this context.
The UniCredit Group has become the third largest banking and financial services organization in Europe. A series of bold strategic mergers and acquisitions, including HypoVereinsbank (HVB) of Bavaria and Bank Austria in 2005 and Capitalia in 2007 have established the group's dominant position in Europe and beyond. The joint venture with Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş. (YKB) in Turkey has further extended the UniCredit Group's presence in key emerging markets. As a result, the UniCredit Group has a strong base in one of Europe's wealthiest regions (Northern Italy, Bavaria and Austria), a leading position in Europe's fastest growing economies (Central and Eastern Europe), a network of over 40 million clients, 9,000 branches in 23 European countries, global representation in 40 more and 180,000 employees.
The banks that combined to establish the UniCredit Group have a centuries-old tradition of caring deeply about the cultural and artistic expressions of the places in which they operate. This commitment can be seen in the UniCredit Group's vast art collection and in the dozens of initiatives that collectively make up the UniCredit & Art Project.
The UniCredit Group believes that culture is an engine of local economic development in its capacity to drive innovation and stimulate the knowledge economy. According to UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo, "Culture is a physical means of encouraging creativity, social cohesion and risk taking."