Exhibitions and cultural centers
We not only support museums and traveling exhibitions but also provide artists with access to cultural and exhibition centers for their projects and exhibitions.
In this way, we work to facilitate the production and dissemination of innovative ideas and make art more accessible to the public.
UniCredit Art Gallery
The UniCredit Art Gallery was inaugurated this month in Verona, building on our initiative to open cultural spaces free to the public at some of our flagship branches.
The very first exhibition at this gallery, located inside our newly renovated Via Garibaldi branch, is titled, Il Mondo degli Oggetti (The World of Objects). The show features a selection of contemporary works from the UniCredit Art Collection that present us with new perspectives on everyday objects.
These pieces by two Italian and four international artists challenge us to rethink how we represent, incorporate or interact with various objects in our daily lives. For Handan Börüteçene, objects give voice to the history of places. To Giuseppe Penone, objects are a bridge between humans and substance, while Robin Rhode displays them as a creative dialogue.
But whether objects are the mysterious or unexpected presences of Andrea Galvani, accumulations of Maria Friberg or complex assemblages of Michael Johansson, the exhibition shows that objects interact with our spaces and with us, and speak to our time and history.
This project typifies our Group's long-lasting engagement with the communities where we work and our commitment to supporting their economic and cultural development.
Il Mondo degli oggetti - Verona 2013
1F Exhibition Boulevard Project Space
UniCredit Ţiriac Bank has opened the 1F Exhibition Boulevard Project Space (Bulevardul Expozitiei 1F Project Space) in Bucharest to highlight and share contemporary art projects. Conceived by artist Adrian Dan, this space is accessible to the public free of charge.
The benefit of an alternative art space in the newly opened headquarters of UniCredit Ţiriac Bank has been demonstrated through a series of exhibitions that have challenged the very concept of a "working space." Begun in 2012 as a collaboration between Anca Nuta, Head of Identity and Communication at UniCredit Ţiriac Bank, and Adrian Dan, a young Romanian artist, the project swiftly took on a life of its own.
Nicolas Bourriaud, in his essay Relational Aesthetics observes that "art is a state of encounter," comprised of the dynamic exchanges that take place between the artist, the artwork and the viewer. Given that much of the public is unfamiliar with aspects of contemporary art, we approached this concept differently by focusing our efforts on creating more opportunities for such "encounters."
For the first phase of this project, which ran from fall 2012 to spring 2014, we elected to exhibit artworks from the UniCredit Art Collection. By showing a selection of works from the Group's repositories, we brought some 1,200 daily visitors a step closer to contemporary art. We sought to stimulate their curiosity and foster critical stances on various topics. Each of the four exhibitions staged during this period illustrated different ways of approaching and understanding art forms.
The second phase of the project will stretch from fall 2014 to spring 2016, and will spotlight solo exhibitions from internationally renowned Romanian artists. The current exhibition, which runs until March 31, 2015, sheds new light on the work of Vincentiu Grigorescu.
Adrian Dan encountered some restrictions when designing the project space due to the architecture of the bank's headquarters, which made the construction of his desired white "exhibition cube" in the central atrium unfeasible. Consequently, he designed an open structure for the exhibition space. Echoing the work of American minimalists such as Richard Serra or John McCraken, this structure is comprised of a non-symmetrical surface that is slightly folded into four parts. This approach helps users of the space to establish an organic connection with the artworks on display.
Opening hours - Monday to Friday, 10.00-20.00 Bucharest
Updated on January, 12 2015
The UniCredit Studios
UniCredit STUDIO is a unique initiative. Unlike other projects related to either acquisitions or the management of the UniCredit Art Collection, it aims to support young curators and emerging artists not yet represented by private galleries. By giving them their first chance to show their work publicly or to curate an exhibition of works, our goal is to foster the talents of the next generation. The various STUDIO spaces maintain a constant dialogue with museums, institutions, academies, universities and, above all, with UniCredit's cultural partners.
STUDIO events have included a series of exhibitions and catalogues in which the artists and curators have been given freedom to select and display their works as they please. This series is appropriately entitled Carte Blanche.
Today the UniCredit STUDIO are in Milan, inside the UniCredit branch in Piazza Cordusio and in Trento, inside the UniCredit branch of Palazzo Firmian. Those spaces are open for meetings, dialogue, cultural debates and reflection on the issues that will help us better understand our world and the significance of current events.
Since its opening UniCredit STUDIO have organized the following exhibitions:
- L'Archivio Storico: quattro interpretazioni ("The Historical Archive: four interpretations"): Curated by Francesca Pagliuca, this exhibition looks with new eyes at our Group's history, linking it to the explorations of four artists - Riccardo Beretta, Ludovica Carbotta, Mirko Smerdel and Cosimo Veneziano - who created new works based on materials found in UniCredit's historical archive.
- Handle With Care: The aim of this exhibition was for artists to narrate through materials - including pictures, small objects, books, posters and videos - the environment in which they live. The artists mailed these materials to the STUDIO in identical boxes inscribed with the words "handle with care," which seemed an appropriate title for the exhibition.
- Agenzia 200: This show inaugurated a new concept by inviting an artist whose work is already included within the Art Collection UniCredit to curate an exhibition highlighting young talent. For Agenzia 200, the artist Alberto Garutti chose to display the works of 10 young artists: Pietro Agostoni, Dino Balliana, Marco Caeran, Lisa Dalfino, Derek Maria Francesco Di Fabio, Dario Guccio, Beatrice Marchi, Anna Mostosi, Francesco Joao Scavarda and Davide Stucchi.
- 104 days - 5 hours - 32 minutes: this fourth exhibition, curated by Francesca Pagliuca, presents works by two young Italian artists: Manuel Scano and Serena Vestrucci. The title, 104 days - 5 hours - 32 minutes, refers to the time elapsed since the curator and artists have begun to work together and suggests that the exhibition is not only a show of artworks but also, and especially, the result of a developing process.
- Fashion in Biella Newsreel 2010: This fifth show consists of a video work and a number of photographs by the Serbian artist Aleksandrija Ajdukovic, telling the stories of common people through the clothes they wear in their everyday lives. The reference to the world of fashion emerges from the poses typical of professional models as struck by the protagonists of the photos: Fashion in Biella Newsreel 2010 in fact starts out from fashion only to then reveal the individual, his/her point of view and the way she presents him/herself to others.
- Il Pittore che fuggiva il vento. Cinque artisti alla ricerca di Antonio Donghi: this is the title of the sixth Carte Blanche exhibition series. On show unpublished works by five young artists, Alessandro Agudio, Helena Hladilova, Alice Mandelli, Valerio Nicolai and Namsal Siedlecki, who re-interpreted Antonio Donghi's work. This UniCredit STUDIO's show builds a bridge between the past and present, between an influential 20th century artist and five young artists of today.
UniCredit Studio Milano, "Agenzia 200" Exhibition, 2011. Photo by Alessandro A. Agudio
Bank Austria Kunstforum
Vienna's Bank Austria Kunstforum is a favorite spot for the city's art lovers, especially when it comes to modern and contemporary painting.
The Bank Austria art collection includes roughly 10,000 artworks and is one of the most important collections in Austria. It contains works from the late 19th century, covering Historicism and Vienna's art nouveau, and pays particular attention to the avant-garde of the second post-war period and to contemporary art.
Each year, about 300,000 people visit the temporary international exhibitions hosted at the Bank Austria Kunstforum. They are drawn by retrospectives dedicated to such masters as Schiele, Kokoschka, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh, Miró, Kandinsky, Chagall, Warhol and Lichtenstein, as well as many others whose works are explored in unexpected ways.
An important part of the collection comprises classic works of international photography. The collection Fotografis, on loan to Salzburg's Museum der Moderne, incorporates works by artists ranging from Alfred Stieglitz to Diane Arbus.
Worth mentioning in this context is the Georg Eisler Award, which was established in 1998 and is one of Austria's most important prizes of artistic recognition. The award is given to talented, young Austrian artists and provides the winners with an artistic residency and an exhibition at the Bank Austria Kunstforum.
Updated on April 17, 2012
The Hypo-Kulturstiftung was founded in 1983 to encourage every variety of cultural initiative. It is especially well known for its art gallery ("kunsthalle"), where the exhibitions have become prominent events in Munich. The foundation is also actively involved in a range of artistic projects and funding programs, including the Museum Fund for Contemporary Art, which enables museums to acquire important works by contemporary artists.
By locating its gallery in the busy Theatinerstrasse, the Hypo-Kulturstiftung provided this popular pedestrian area with a lively exhibition space that plays a notable role in the world's art circuit. Its last 60 exhibitions have received a total of 5 million visitors.
The gallery presents artworks dating from prehistory to the present. From the modern period, individual exhibitions have been held for the works of Gauguin, Picasso, Mirò, Magritte and Giacometti.
The Kunsthalle's focus is not limited to western and classical art. It regularly presents work from Eastern Europe and beyond. Exhibitions have included, for example, art from the ancient cultures of the Nile and the dynasties of Korea.
In the course of Munich's downtown renewal project (the Fünf Höfe project), the Kunsthalle acquired a new location with 1100 square meters of space - about a third larger than its previous site. The building was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the same architects who created London's Tate Modern and multiple other projects that have confirmed their outstanding reputation in the field of museum design.
Photo © Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstift
Update on Aprl 17, 2012
Yapi Kredi Culture Center
Since its opening in 1944, the Yapı Kredi Culture Center, founded by Kazım Taşkent, has played a major role in the cultural life of Istanbul and Turkey.
Founded in 1984, Yapı Kredi Culture Activities, Arts and Publishing is one of the most prestigious cultural organizations in Turkey, providing services through the Yapı Kredi Culture Center and Yapı Kredi Publishing. In addition to its in-house corporate social responsibility projects, Yapı Kredi Bank supports a variety of cultural activities with the aim to spread the knowledge of the arts among a broad public.
Its initiatives are carried out through:
- Yapı Kredi Culture Center: Hosting more than 200 different artistic and cultural events annually, this important center also organizes forums, discussions and exhibitions. Shows include painting, sculpture, photography, archeology and diverse cultural expressions.
- Vedat Nedim Tör Museum: Founded in 1992, the museum boasts an impressive collection of ancient coins, medallions, embroidery, textiles and "tombaks" (copper objects covered in gold). The coin collection, the third largest in the world, comprises 55,0000 pieces. The museum also has a significant collection of the documents and personal belongings of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Every year, the museum organizes three different exhibitions covering different historical periods.
- Kazim Taşkent Art Gallery: Opened in 1964, the gallery is an important visual arts center, hosting major artists from Turkey and beyond. Previous exhibitions of great masters have included works by Bellini, Andy Warhol, Fausta Zonaro, Bazelitz, Joseph Beuys, Otto Dix, Ilhan Koman, Cemal Tollu, Ömer Uluç, Mehmet Güleryüz, Sabri Bekel, Peter Hristoff, Pinar Yılaçan, Hale Tenger and Ozer Kabaş.
- Sermet Çifter Hall: The Sermet Çifter Art Hall organizes exhibitions of major international photographers, including Güler, Robert Capa and Sebastião Salgado. It also hosts a variety events, spanning theater, cinema, graphic arts, music and literature.
- Sermet Çifter Research Library: Founded in 1992, this is the foremost research library in Turkey, with more than 80,000 manuscripts, prints, books and numerous periodicals in its collection.
Update on April 17, 2012