The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) is one of the leading international museums of modern and contemporary art. Opened in 1991, the museum’s collection now includes around 5,000 international works of art from the 1960s to the present.
DekaBank has provided support to MMK for expanding the museum collection since 2002. The annual donation of EUR 40,000 is matched by the City of Frankfurt am Main.
Contemporary art for Frankfurt - at three locations
Since autumn 2014, MMK has been represented at three locations in Frankfurt: While the main house, MMK 1 in Domstraße, shows collection highlights and special exhibitions, MMK 3 (Customs Office) shows young, contemporary art. On one floor of the TaunusTurm, in the heart of the city, houses the MMK 2, a new museum branch where changing collection presentations with current thematic focuses can be seen. DekaBank is a founding partner of MMK 2 and, together with Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, Stefan Quandt and the Ernst Max von Grunelius Foundation, ensures that the exhibition will initially run for 15 years. She was also patron of the opening exhibition "Boom She Boom. Works from the MMK Collection".
The exclusively private financing of MMK 2 by foundations and companies is a successful example of a public-private partnership and an innovative and economically unique model of museum expansion.
A dialogue between the collections of the MMK and DekaBank
In the anniversary year of Deka, the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main will host the exhibition "Soziale Fassaden. A dialogue between the collections of the MMK and DekaBank". At the invitation of the MMK, central works of Deka are shown in a joint exhibition.
MMK and DekaBank have enjoyed a long-standing partnership in expanding the museum collection and as founding partner of MMK 2, receiving four major works from the bank's collection as a gift on the occasion of DekaBank's 100th anniversary. This includes large-format installations by the artists Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Michael Beutler, Tue Greenfort and Martin Kippenberger.
DekaBank's collection of contemporary art contains many different points of contact with the MMK collection. Numerous artists are represented in both collections with extensive groups of works. In the course of the donation there is for the first time an exhibition which examines both collections for these references and leads to a direct juxtaposition. The title of the exhibition "Social Facades" is borrowed from a work by Isa Genzken from DekaBank's collection. It also stands for diverse forms of expression of socio-political and social "facades", which are addressed in the works of the artists of both collections. The exhibition at MMK 1 includes major works by Andy Hope, Cerith Wyn Evans, Sarah Morris, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig, Wilhelm Sasnal, Wolfgang Tillmans, Michael Pfrommer, Jonas Weichsel, Markus Sixay, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij and Liam Gillick.
The “Michael Schmidt Foundation for Photography and Media Art with Archive” (Stiftung für Fotografie und Medienkunst mit Archiv Michael Schmidt) was brought to life in 2003 by the German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes – DSGB) and NordLB Bank, together with the participation of DekaBank and Deutsche Leasing AG. The goal is to preserve the works of artist Michael Schmidt, one of the most renowned photographers in Germany, who died in 2014.
In 2014, DekaBank and other institutions in the Sparkasse-Finanzgruppe decided to provide four years of support for a photography project by Michael Schmidt. In return, one third of the photographs for the limited edition prepared for the project would pass to the holdings of the institutions involved, including the DekaBank art collection. Due to the death of Michael Schmidt and premature end of the project, the supporters each receive one third of the edition for the “Food” series. Michael Schmidt won the “Prix Pictet”, a renowned photography award, in 2014 for this series.
The Deka Group also provided annual support for the foundation from 2015 to 2019 to hold the retrospective planned for 2020 in the New National Gallery in Berlin.
The history of an important painting
Caspar David Friedrich created “The Watzmann”, one of the most important landscape paintings of the Romantic period, in 1824/25 in Dresden. The painting has been part of the collection of the Old National Gallery in Berlin since 1937. In 2003, it was revealed that the Jewish owner of the picture was forced to sell under pressure of National Socialist persecution at the time. The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation therefore returned the work to the heirs of the former owner in accordance with its charter.
The Watzmann on Museum Island in Berlin
The Chancellor of Germany approached the German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes – DSGB) to obtain the painting as part of Germany’s cultural heritage. DekaBank was able to purchase the “Watzmann” for the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe in 2004, thereby preventing it from being sold outside of the country. DekaBank’s loan to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation allows the painting to continue occupying a central position in the room of the Old National Gallery dedicated exclusively to the works of Caspar David Friedrich. The ceremonial transfer of the work was attended by the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. In 2013, “The Watzmann” was lent to the Louvre Museum in Paris for an exhibition on German-French friendship, “De l’Allemagne, 1880-1939: German Thought and Painting, from Friedrich to Beckmann”.
Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe is a major sponsor
The Deka Group has been a major sponsor of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden since 2006, together with the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, the Ostdeutscher Sparkassenverband and all Saxon Sparkasse banks, LBS Ostdeutsche Landesbausparkasse AG, Sachsen Bank, Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen and the Cultural Fund of the German Savings Bank Association (Deutscher Sparkassen- und Giroverbandes – DSGB). The goal is to maintain this unique cultural heritage and make people more aware of its special importance. In addition to providing support for special exhibitions, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe also supports youth education projects under the partnership.
Our support for Dresden
In 2016, the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe is providing support for the new permanent exhibition “Concept and Encounter: the World around 1600” on the first floor of the Georgenbau building showing Late Renaissance works from the former Kunstkammer (Art Chamber) of the Electors of Saxony, and the large special exhibition “Paradise on Earth. Flemish landscape painting from Bruegel to Rubens” in the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister (“Old Master Painting Gallery”) (1 October 2016 to 15 January 2017). Flemish 16th and 17th century landscape paintings are being shown from the Dresden Collection, which has rarely been presented in the past, even though it is one of the most important of its kind in the world. The in-depth academic examination and restoration of a number of major works make the exhibition almost like a re-discovery.
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) rank among the most distinguished museums in Europe. Eleven museums, the Kunstfonds (Art Fund), Art Library and the Lipsiusbau exhibition building on the Brühl Terrace offer a range of historical art whose thematic variety is unparalleled.