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The Great Magic: a new exhibition of the UniCredit Art Collection

The Great Magic: a new exhibition of the UniCredit Art Collection

From October 20, 2013 to February 16, 2014, at the MAMbo in Bologna will be possible to see a selection of masterpieces from the Group collection thanks to the exhibit The Great Magic. Selected works from the UniCredit Art Collection. A path that include modern and contemporary works form our Austrian, German and Italian collections and that focuses on the "magic" of art.


This exhibition continues a widely praised series of exhibitions that have showcased many of the renowned works held by our banking Group. Let's review them together!


The first traveling exhibition, PastPresentFuture: Highlights from the UniCredit Collection, displayed some 80 pieces from the original collections of UniCredit, HypoVereinsbank and Bank Austria in Vienna, Verona and Istanbul in 2009 and 2010. It evoked a journey through a range of periods and techniques that are represented in the collection (from the 16th century to today) and the history of the banks that came together to form our Group. Though their creators spoke a variety of languages, the works were collectively arranged to illustrate seven great themes that run through the history of art.


Things are Queer, organized by Marta Herford, the well-known contemporary art museum in Herford, Germany, from March 11 to May 22, 2010. This display of approximately 80 pieces marked the first time UniCredit's collection was curated for exhibition by a leading Contemporary Art Museum. Investigating interactions between art and everyday objects, the show featured works by such masters of the early 20th century as Klein and Morandi as well as such recent artists as Candida Höfer and Gerhard Richter.


People and the City, presented at the Winzavod Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow in autumn 2011 and then at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń, Poland in spring 2012. This included works by some of the most celebrated 20th-century artists represented in the UniCredit collection. The exhibition of approximately 70 pieces highlighted the relationships between individuals and cities, analyzing the urban space as a reflection of modern living.


Then, to celebrate the opening of Piazza Gae Aulenti and the UniCredit Tower in Milan, UniCredit staged A New World from December 7, 2012, until January 6, 2013. In this exhibition, a selection of large-scale contemporary pieces from the collection by 13 artists were displayed in the windows of the two buildings on the piazza. The title of the exhibition referred both to the new buildings that housed the show and to the innovative language of contemporary art.


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Arthur Benda

[Der Tanz mit den goldenen Scheiben] The Dance with golden discs, 1931

Color Print, 24,5 x 30 cm

UniCredit Art Collection - The FOTOGRAFIS Collection Bank Austria at the MdM Salzburg

Reproduction: Hubert Auer