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A place to encounter art
"Our new headquarters is a place where encounters occur – including encounters with art. We're very pleased that works by important contemporary artists are being showcased in the public section of our new headquarters." Joe Kaeser
Visual Arts - exploring the future
In the visual arts, we initiate and realize projects around contemporary art. We seek subjects and artistic positions that address challenges in society today and explore emerging future issues. The projects are initiated in collaboration with artists and art institutions in Germany and beyond. Our particular focus here is on the creative process and collaborative exchanges with partners in the arts. Partnerships with world-renowned institutions are extremely important to us. The Siemens Photography Collection, for instance, has been housed in Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne since 2003.
Engagement with arts and culture is expressed through its own projects and interdisciplinary partnerships. Starting a corporate collection in the conventional sense is not a stated aim of the Siemens Arts Program.
Libeskind’s ten-meter-tall and 15-ton matte-finished aluminum sculpture takes the form of a wing ("The Wings") and is part of a four-sculpture installation that was originally exhibited at the Expo in Milan. Now presented at the Siemens Headquarters in Munich, at the founding location in Berlin and at the largest Siemens location in Erlangen the sculptures symbolize an "Innovation Bridge" linking these milestone locations in the history of the company with the world. Especially impressive is the sculpture in the dark when the LED's integrated in the surface light up and playfully visualize - with its graphic animations - the topic of digitization. (June 2016 – April 2017)
At the initiative of the Siemens Arts Program a vibrant dialogue between the company Siemens and the artist Thomas Struth has evolved in this project. Struth visited selected Siemens locations in Berlin, Erlangen, Forchheim and Alpharetta / USA. There, he created five of his own works, which he combined with selected archive images in a multi-layered art installation. For this work, Thomas Struth had sighted hundreds of archive pictures from Siemens history. The dialogue between the past and the present forms new connections and creates space for creativity and innovation. (Coordinates – a curated Siemens history, June 2016)
SCHWESTERNGRUPPE is a sculpture of more than three meters in height created by Georg Baselitz is located right at the center of the atrium of the new Siemens Headquarters. Georg Baselitz says of his work: "What you see is memory on a monumental scale: in this case, my sister and her friends walking arm-in-arm across the village square. The tradition of the Three Graces, from Ancient Greece via Botticelli to the present day, is one of the themes of this work. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a group of figures with interlinked arms in the history of sculpture." The art in the new Siemens atrium creates an open passageway between downtown Munich and the city's own art district. (June 2016)