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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.


Deutschland 8 –German Art in China (September 19 – October 31, 2017)

Siemens supports group exhibition in Beijing


The exhibition brings together more than 50 artists, represented by about 300 works, among them Georg Baselitz, K.O. Götz, Katharina Grosse, Anselm Kiefer, Alicja Kwade, Sigmar Polke, Neo Rauch, Gerhard Richter, and Katharina Sieverding.

Ahead of the opening of the exhibition in Beijing, Katharina Sieverding gave us an insight into her work.


Ms. Sieverding, for you what makes a good photograph?

From the outset, my mantra has been that from one (or more) photos, I first have to make a picture, in other words an image imagined and constructed all the way through to the final content statement. This is not about photo art, much less art photos. It is about exploring, testing, challenging the full potential of photography and more than anything, discovering its technological origins and evolution into a mass medium and using this to create the right content, so that politically I am able to meet my responsibility in dealing with these contradictions as an artist.


You lived and worked in China for a time. To what extent did that influence your art?

Following two years of preparation from 1976 to 1978, Klaus Mettig and I were given permission to make a two-and-a-half-hour film, shot in 16 mm - BEIJING – YANAN – XIAN – LUOYANG –SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 1978. The specific anticipatory image/text quality of large-scale Chinese representations in the public space interested me. And informed some of my early works. From 2002 to 2003, as part of a pilot project for Berlin University of the Arts, I held a Visiting Professorship for Visual Culture Studies at the China Art Academy in Hangzhou and was involved in the Shanghai Biennale 2001.


Siemens is using very advanced computed tomography to try to gain medical insights into the invisible. Your monumental photo painting in Berlin’s Reichstag building shows a sort of X-ray, where a spinal column is shot through with flames. In your images, are you seeking what is hidden or magnifying what is visible?


In this statement, I am diagnosing and contextualizing what politicians need to be mindful of in their place of work, the Reichstag. What is their responsibility politically on and between earth and sun - the x-ray findings suggest an insidious disease of our time. NASA is diagnosing solar flares.


Linking creativity


“If you had one word to describe what Siemens means to you and what you stand for in your private and professional environments, what would it be?” This was the questions Siemens leaders were presented with. Their individual associations were crafted into an art installation by the artist Rupprecht Matthies at the Siemens HQ in Munich (May-September 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)