UniCredit's artworks - ongoing transformation
UniCredit Group's artistic heritage includes tens of thusands works of art mostly located in Italy, Germany and Austria.
It reflects our Group's European identity and is distinguished by its breadth and quality from ancient works to European masterpieces spanning the 15th to 19th centuries as well as including contemporary pieces. Furthermore, photographs are an important part of the portfolio, including more than 4,000 historical and contemporary images.
UniCredit has announced a new strategy to leverage and enhance its artistic heritage with a focus on increasing access to its collections to all, allowing the bank to further engage with its communities and support their development and wellbeing. This will include a dedicated digital initiative that will provide virtual access for the wider audience to the bank's art collection as well as educational programmes aimed at children in collaboration with the UniCredit Foundation.
This new strategy complements the bank's ongoing program of long-term loans to museums and institutions across Europe as well as specific partnerships and short-term loans for temporary exhibitions.
More information on the bank's new initiatives focused on art and culture will be announced in due course.
Partnerships in Italy
MAMbo - Museum of Modern Art
UniCredit, as Main Partner of the Nuovo Forno del Pane, an interdisciplinary artistic production center within the Sala delle Ciminiere of MAMbo allowed twelve young resident artists selected through a public call, to take the opportunity to have for 6 months their own studios inside the Museum for the production of their works, forming a unique creative community in the Italian museum scene. Besides UniCredit has decided to offer further support to 6 of the artists involved in the project, in agreement with the Bologna Museums Institution, commissioning the production of new artworks that has become part of Artistic Collection of the Group.
MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art
Opened in 1999 in the former Peroni beer factories in via Reggio Emilia, dating back to the early twentieth century, and subsequently modified by the architect Odile Decq, it is now an exhibition space of over 4350 square meters dedicated to contemporary art.
Since 2010 UniCredit has been alongside MACRO with over 230 works by major international contemporary artists - including Adrian Paci, Armin Linke and Stefano Arienti - and a substantial set of Italian photography of the Seventies on loan. UniCredit's support also allowed the artist Daniel Buren to create his first permanent installation in Rome - the "Dance among triangles and Lozenges for three colors".
MART, Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art of Trento & Rovereto
Designed by the architect Mario Botta in 1987 with the idea of a cultural center rather than a traditional museum, the MART in addition to preserving and exhibiting a collection of over 15,000 works from the nineteenth century to present days, including internationally renowned artists, also carries out cultural initiatives and workshops.
The collaboration with UniCredit has begun in 2004 and since 2011 there has been a long-term loan of 25 works by important international contemporary artists, such as Gianni Dessì, Giovanni Frangi, Said Atabekov and Anri Sala, exhibited inside the museum.
MAXXI, the National Museum of the XXI Century Arts
Born from a Zaha Hadid project as a multidisciplinary center for experimentation and innovation in the field of contemporary arts, MAXXI is the first italian institution totally dedicated to creativity and artistic expression. Since its opening in 2010, UniCredit has granted on loan several works by great contemporary artists that are included in the Museum's itinerary. Francesco Vezzoli, Hans Op de Beeck, Giulio Paolini and Nedko Solakov are the ones whose artworks stand among them.
MAO, Museum of Oriental Art
Opened in 2008 and housed in the historic Palazzo Mazzonis, the MAO is one of the most important museums in Italy and one of the largest in Europe for the knowledge and study of oriental art.
The internal layout, curated by the architect Andrea Bruno, provides the rotating exhibition of about 1,500 works, some of considerable importance.
Among these, there are the 53 nineteenth-century woodcuts by Utagawa Hiroshige, Japanese engraver and painter, granted on long-term loan by UniCredit since 2009.
Civic Museums of Ancient Art
In 2018 UniCredit granted on loan to the museums the fragment of the Lamentation over Christ by Luca Signorelli, which was added to the already present fragment of the Pious Woman in Cry, belonging to the municipal collection.
This combination of fragments made it possible to reconstruct part of the so-called Matelica altarpiece from 1504, depicting the Deposition and originally kept in the Church of Sant'Agostino in Matelica until 1736, when the building was modernized and redecorated in Baroque style. Consequently the altarpiece was dismembered into several parts to be sold and ended up dispersed on the antiques market.
Partnerships in Austria
For more than 30 years, UniCredit Bank Austria, has been the major supporter of this exhibition space in Vienna, which mainly hosts masterpieces of modern art and post-war avant-garde in Austria and since 2000, also contemporary artists' exhibitions.
Internationally renowned museum and home to one of the top graphic collections world-wide, it also regularly hosts international block-buster exhibitions. Bank Austria has been the main sponsor of one major exhibition per year since 2011.
Partnerships in Germany
UniCredit, through UniCredit Bank AG ("HypoVereinsbank"), has founded and continues to support this highly popular exhibition space for old masters and modern art in Munich.