The UniCredit Art Collection, comprising the collections of the banks that merged to form the Group, is one of the most important corporate collections in Europe, with approximately 60,000 works, dating from antiquity to the present day.
With over 4,000 works, the collection places a special emphasis on both historical and contemporary photographs. Of particular note is the "Fotografis" collection, hosted in the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg, which features over 400 photographs from the origins of photography up to the 1970s.
This artistic legacy reflects our identity and has been made available to the public though long-term loans to museums and institutions in Italy and abroad, short-term loans for temporary exhibitions and through displays of select works in our branches.
Since 2009, we have staged international exhibitions of works from the UniCredit Art Collection in prominent museums across Europe.
PastPresentFuture: Highlights from the UniCredit Collection was our first international traveling exhibition. It presented a representative selection of artworks from the collections of UniCredit, HypoVereinsbank and Bank Austria.
Launched in 2009 in Vienna, the exhibition was then shown in Verona during the first half of 2010. Later in 2010, the exhibition was on display in Istanbul, which, at the time, was serving as the 2010 European cultural capital. The exhibition's title, like the artworks themselves, reflected the mix of eras and places in which the collection developed.
The exhibition contained works from a variety of distinct periods, from the 16th century up to the present day, and was structured to recall the formation of the three original corporate collections that today comprise the vast majority of the UniCredit Art Collection. The exhibition was divided into seven sections, representing major themes that run through the history of art; this arrangement served to illustrate a breadth of creative materials and artistic languages.
PastPresentFuture will serve as the basis for upcoming projects that will develop different themes and exhibit additional works from our art collection throughout Europe.
An example of this engagement in projects that involve our corporate collection is the exhibition "Things are Queer", a selection of 80 artworks loaned to the Marta Hereford Museum of Contemporary Art in Germany. On display from March 11 to May 22, 2011, this event marks the first time that UniCredit has cooperated in this way with such a prestigious museum. The exhibition includes works by contemporary masters from the beginning of the 20th century, from Kline and Morandi to recent works by Candida Höfer and Gerhard Richter.
People and the City, set up in autumn 2011 at the WINZAVOD Contemporary Art Center of Moscow and than staged in spring 2012 at the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu in Toruń, Poland, is the title of the second international exhibition of the Group after PastPresentFuture.
The exhibition features more than 70 artworks from UniCredit's noteworthy art collection and it is a journey through the works of many important artists since the start of the 20th century.
The itinerary highlights the relationship between individuals and the urban fabric, with an analysis of urban space as a reflection of modern living. The journey starts off from an aerial view in which the city is captured in its entirety, before coming down to street level, where the buildings and the multicultural human flows become the protagonists, right down to the point of exploring people's intimate domestic lives and dreaming up imaginary cities in which to live on a more human scale.
The project, ideated and curated by Walter Guadagnini, Chairman of the UniCredit for Art Scientific Commission, shows works form the UniCredit Collection coming from Russia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, Austria and United States and presents an artistic survey of international level on the city as a privileged stage of contemporary life.
Florian Böhm, Wait for Walk - 48th St./ 5th Ave, 2005. UniCredit Art Collection - HypoVereinsbank. © Florian Böhm
UniCredit held the public exhibition Un mondo nuovo (A New World) to celebrate the opening of the new Gae Aulenti Plaza and UniCredit Tower in Milan.
From December 7, 2012 to January 6, 2013, passersby in Milan could look through the windows of the plaza buildings and see inside a selection of large-scale contemporary pieces by 13 artists from the UniCredit Art Collection.
The title of the exhibition, Un mondo nuovo, refers both to the new buildings that houses the show and to the innovative language of contemporary art. The placement of the show's artworks in a space of ongoing construction spoke to the development of thought, an investment in the future and the will of our Group to act in accordance with society by listening to its requests and understanding its needs.
This original exhibition featured a great variety of techniques, images and materials - the same variety that we can find in cities around the world, and in the spaces in which we live and work.
Contemporary art gives us different perspectives and invites us to see with new eyes.
Carlo Valsecchi, # 0300 Campana, B.A., Argentina, 2005, Stampa cromogenica. UniCredit Art Collection, © Carlo Valsecchi, Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Torinosi trova nelle città e nel mondo, negli spazi che viviamo tutti i giorni e che l'arte contemporanea ci invita a vedere con occhi nuovi proponendo nuove prospettive.
Carlo Valsecchi, # 0300 Campana, B.A., Argentina , 2005, Stampa cromogenica. UniCredit Art Collection, © Carlo Valsecchi, Courtesy Guido Costa Projects, Torino
Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna (MAMbo) and UniCredit presented the exhibition The Great Magic. Selected works from the UniCredit Art Collection, fourth art-show concept realized with works from the UniCredit Art Collection. In the museum halls are staged masterpieces from one of Europe's most celebrated corporate collections.
The show, open to the public from October 20, 2013 to February 16, 2014, is been ideated by the Director of the MAMbo, Gianfranco Maraniello, and the Chairman of the UniCredit for Art Scientific Commission, Walter Guadagnini, in collaboration with Bärbel Kopplin, curator of the HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Bank AG collection.
The exhibition explore the concept that magic is a force that has exerted its influence across the full span of art history - bringing inanimate materials to life, making images into reality, symbolizing the power of non-scientific knowledge to transform the world and seducing the hearts and minds of those who happen to gaze openly into the face of art.
It is possible to follow the exhibition through the socials network thanks to the hashtag #lagrandemagia
Der Tanz mit den goldenen Scheiben
La Danza con i dischi d'oro - The Dance with the golden disks
1931, Fotografia a colori, 24,5 x 30 cm
UniCredit Art Collection - The FOTOGRAFIS Collection Bank Austria at the MdM Salzburg. Reproduction: Hubert Auer
From October 14, 2014 to November 9, 2014, at the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow (MAMM) have been staged a selection of photograph masterpieces from the group collection thanks to the exhibit Facts and Fictions. This exhibition was organized for the UniCredit Bank's 25th anniversary and was part of the Italy-Russia Cross-Year of Tourism initiatives.
Facts and Fictions, curated by Walter Guadagnini, Chairman of the UniCredit Artistic Commission, presented a selection of works from the over 4,000 photographs in the UniCredit Art Collection, one of the main European corporate collections featuring over 60,000 works.
All the works leaded the visitors along an exhibition itinerary presenting the two-sided nature of photography, and particularly that of contemporary works: the ability to represent a precise, analytic narrative of reality (facts), but also- and often simultaneously - to create a new one, artificial but plausible (fictions).
© Karen Knorr
High Art Life after the Deluge (Serie "Academies")
C-print, ed. 2/5
101 x 101 cm
UniCredit Art Collection - HypoVereinsbank
© Karen Knorr
With the exhibition "Lo Sguardo di ..." (The Gaze of...) started its activities the UniCredit Pavilion, the multipurpose space of the group realized by Architect De Lucchi beside UniCredit Tower and inaugurated in July 2015.
This exhibition has presented, for the first time in Milan, about 70 works from the collection and actively involved our colleagues.
The works on display, in fact, has been selected from about 120 Italian colleagues that are art lovers who are brought` into play in the first person as "curators for a day." They have pointed out their favorite work within at selection of 300 works from the collection from '500 to contemporary art. Every colleague has therefore expressed the reasons for its choice, writing also a text linked to their personal experience. The most interesting stories were set-up next to the captions to accompany the visitor on a journey through the works of art and the feelings they inspire.
More information are available at UniCredit Pavilion website