Elizabeth Peyton: Craig hooded

50 Years of CollectingNow or Never

Art is our key theme for 2021! We are celebrating 50 years of collecting with an exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, events, and special programs.

50 Years of the LBBW Collection at the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart

Under the title “Jetzt oder nie (Now or Never)”, outstanding artworks from the LBBW Collection are being presented in a major special exhibition, curated by Lutz Casper, Head of LBBW Collection, in tandem with our long-standing partner, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart. The whole spectrum of the LBBW Collection will be on display for the first time ever here. The event will be held from 13 November 2021 to 20 February 2022.

Further information on the exhibition, including details of a variety of accompanying events and tours for children and young people, adults, families, and other groups can be found on the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart’s website.

Malerei Elbe by Otto Reiniger
Otto Reiniger: Elbe (Elbmündung bei Cuxhaven), 1906, Detail. Foto: Frank Kleinbach

Modern Times

In themed sections across three floors, the exhibition of the LBBW Collection presents around a hundred years of art history, charting the course of German history in particular. Arranged in chronological order, the exhibition starts by looking at the pre-war era, the Weimar Republic, and the Third Reich through artists’ eyes. After the Second World War, artists made a fresh start that initially led German art into post-war modernism. Featuring numerous examples of works from the collection, the first section of the exhibition leads up to the eve of the RAF terrorist actions emerging from the students ’68 revolts.

Andreas Gursky Chicago Board of Tade 1997
Andreas Gursky: Chicago Board of Trade I, 1997, Detail. ©Andreas Gursky, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

The Final Flare of the 20th Century

Another focal point of the exhibition addresses these historical incidents, in particular with its emancipatory fight for gender equality, in which art also played its part. The chapter ends with topics of the German reunification in 1989. The medium of photography, starting with the Becher School at the Düsseldorf art academy, documents these developments and had an unprecedented influence on the artistic perspective and interpretation of the world in the last three decades of the 20th century.

Videostill of Body in Progress by Anna Witt
Anna Witt: Körper in Arbeit / Body in Progress, 2018, Videostill, Detail. ©Anna Witt, Courtesy die Künstlerin und Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin

Art for a New Millennium

A third section of the exhibition presents artworks on topical issues of the present and the recent past, such as the manipulative power of images, the economization and increasing digitalization of everyday life and work. Works from the LBBW Collection also deal with migration flows and related conflicts as well as the transfer of cultural codes and symbols at the beginning of an age in which mankind has become the determining factor of the global ecosystem.

Marking the Anniversary with a Look Behind the Scenes

Launched as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the LBBW Collection, the “Space for Art” initiative has given rise to two film series. These films convey the passion with which LBBW's employees are commemorating the anniversary, and shows how they have identified with the LBBW Collection for many decades. All clips are available here. Join us in experiencing art at LBBW.


Social Commitment with an Artistic Dimension

The LBBW Collection is part of the social commitment of LBBW and its subsidiaries. One of the most important aspects is preserving the works for the public and making them accessible to as many people as possible, especially pupils, trainees, and students. With its wide-ranging content, the “Jetzt oder nie (Now or Never)” exhibition gives extensive insight into the events of contemporary history that have shaped Germany from the beginning of the 20th century until the present day. Therefore, the exhibition and its artworks provide numerous links to the education sector and the bank's education partners.

Learning Design Processes in a Fun Way

How are art and culture taught effectively? Pupils in the tenth grade (2020/21 school year) at the Albert-Schweitzer-Gymnasium in Leonberg set about producing a layout for a hoodie in a creative process based on the key visuals of the exhibition campaign. At the start of the process, they considered various layouts in several small groups. The key visual of Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled” (1982) was a major touchpoint here. Through online research on the possibilities for displaying symbols and logos, an experimental design emerged, with a logo that also references the LBBW logo. At the weekly meetings with employees of LBBW/BW-Bank, the layout designs were progressively presented, discussed, and finalized accordingly.

Assisted by their dedicated teacher Ms. Gudrun Wagner, the pupils were therefore involved in every stage of the hoodies’ development, from the sketch and the design through to the final result. When the art course came to an end, the pupils of 10c stepped back from the creative process. The subsequent steps, such as merchandising and the communication strategy, are now in the hands of the LBBW team, with support from other partner schools.

Collection colour experiment
LBBW collection lettering hoodie
Hoodie black

Art Education by Pupils, for Pupils

In collaboration with LBBW employees, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, and the Albert-Schweizer-Gymnasium in Leonberg, information material is being devised so that teachers can individually prepare their classes ahead of a visit to the exhibition. Its content is geared towards pupils from grades 9 to 12. Key themes were jointly defined on the basis of artworks that pupils connect with their everyday reality. They range from “War and persecution – from the Nazi pogroms to the terror of IS” and “Emancipation” to reflections on art theory in the juxtaposition of “Abstraction versus Figuration”.

The New Catalog of the LBBW Collection

To mark the anniversary of the LBBW Collection, the vast depth and breadth of the collection is being made accessible with the new three-volume catalog, lavishly illustrated and featuring articles by prestigious authors. Each volume charts a micro-era of art since the beginning of the 20th century. This means that the new catalog also covers for the first time the collection histories of all of LBBW's predecessor institutions. One especially fascinating aspect of the publication is the numerous interviews with artists whose works feature in the collection. These interviews accompany chronicles of key events in art and general history.

The new catalog of the LBBW Collection, from the renowned Berlin-based publisher DISTANZ Verlag, is available now. Details of how to order the catalog can be found on DISTANZ’s homepage.

Volume 1

Catalogue cover Distanz 1

Volume 1 covers significant works from the collection up to the mid-1980s, along with an article on the collection’s history, a conversation between Rainer Neske, Chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of LBBW, and Tobias Rehberger, articles by Hans-Joachim Müller and Andreas Rödder, and interviews with Ben Willikens, Markus Lüpertz, and Gerhard Richter.

Volume 2

Catalogue cover 2

Volume 2 contains six chapters covering subjects such as the triumph of photography, the woman artists in the collection, and conceptual works. There are also articles by Andreas Rödder and Wolfgang Ullrich as well as interviews with Renée Green, Asta Gröting, Thomas Locher, Pipilotti Rist, and Thomas Ruff.

Volume 3

Catalogue cover 3

Volume 3 presents artworks that were mostly created from the late 1990s onwards, supplemented by further acquisitions right up to the present day. There are also articles by Elke Buhr and Andreas Rödder as well as interviews with Franz Ackermann, Nevin Aladağ, Shannon Bool, Julian Charrière, Daniel Knorr, and Anna Witt