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On display an artwork from HVB collection at Maison Européenne de la Photographie

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January 2008
Parigi, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5 Rue de Fourcy  

Following the display of works by Alain Fleischer and Olivo Barbieri, Thomas Struth gets a role as protagonist at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie within the framework of the cooperation started last year between UniCredit, with its cultural project UniCredit & Art, and the Center based in Paris.


The German artist, who is among the most representative photographers of the contemporary art scene, started his career in the late Seventies showing a deep interest in the representation of architecture and urban landscape. Though preserving a very well-balanced vision in the composition of the images, the interests of the artist has changed through the years, moving toward different issues. In the Nineties Struth started to be fascinated also by Nature and Museum; indeed one of his well-known series of works was shooted inside several Museums' exhibition spaces while peple walk around and look at the artworks.


The collection of the HVB Group, which recently joined UniCredit, is one of the most important European corporate collections dedicated to contemporary art. The collection, which started about two decades ago, includes outstanding works by such historical masters as Kurt Schwitters, Fernand Léger, Yves Klein, but mainly focuses on the art of the last decades, with such authors as Dan Flavin, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, Gilbert & George, Giulio Paolini, Tony Cragg, and down to the younger generations.


Photography plays a primary role in the collection: along with the works by Thomas Struth, presented on this occasion — Kunsthistorisches Museum II, one of the earliest and most successful images of the cycle that made the German artist famous all over the world, the one dedicated to museums and to their visitors — other representatives of the so-called "Düsseldorf School" are included, such as Andreas Gursky, Candida Höfer, Axel Hütte, their masters Bernd and Hilla Becher, as well as Balthasar Burkhard, Doug Aitken, Beat Streuli, Massimo Vitali, Walter Niedermayr, Dieter Appelt.


The combination of the collections of HVB and UniCredit, as well as of BA-CA, the Austrian bank that also joined the group and is, in turn, rich of works of contemporary Austrian photography, turns this collection into a significant element of European corporate collecting dedicated to contemporary photography, with over 4000 works.







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