A New Platform for Art, Culture, and Sports:
Deutsche Bank Is Opening the PalaisPopulaire in Berlin

On September 27, 2018, Deutsche Bank is opening a groundbreaking international forum for art, culture, and sports in the heart of Berlin: the PalaisPopulaire. Rooms of the historic Prinzessinnenpalais at Unter den Linden 5 were redesigned by the renowned architectural office Kuehn Malvezzi, and with clear forms and state-of-the-art technology transformed into a dynamic stage for contemporary culture. The PalaisPopulaire will be a vibrant, cosmopolitan space that connects and enthralls lovers of contemporary art and culture as well as sports enthusiasts. It will bring exhibitions from the Deutsche Bank Collection and important partner institutions to Berlin, as well as concerts, readings, sports workshops, and digital experiences.

Thorsten Strauß, Global Head of Art, Culture & Sports of Deutsche Bank said: “The name PalaisPopulaire is programmatic. It stands for a place that is contemporary and open, offering an exciting mixture of art, culture, and sports. The PalaisPopulaire stands for the fundamental goals that Deutsche Bank has pursued with its cultural commitment for decades: creating access for everyone, recognizing and promoting talent—and thus making a positive contribution.”

The PalaisPopulaire will be directed by Svenja von Reichenbach, who has been in charge of Deutsche Bank’s Berlin exhibition activities since 1997, directing the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle from 2013 until recently. In addition to networking with the cultural scene of the German capital, Reichenbach’s main aim is to offer a program with global appeal that attract guests from all over the world. “We view ourselves an open house that thrives on impulses from visitors,” says Reichenbach.

Encompassing more than 750 square meters, the PalaisPopulaire expands the bank’s art exhibition space threefold. “With it, the Deutsche Bank Collection is now truly public. And we have more space for partnerships with renowned cultural institutions,” says Friedhelm Hütte, responsible for the bank’s worldwide art program. Today, Deutsche Bank boasts one of the world’s most important collections of contemporary art on paper and photography. At the PalaisPopulaire, the collection has now found a permanent forum where it will be presented in thematic exhibitions.

The new house will open with the exhibition The World on Paper, curated by Hütte, showcasing some 300 highlights and new discoveries from the Deutsche Bank Collection. “The World on Paper gives new insights into the incredible variety, history, and internationality of this extraordinary collection,” says Hütte. The show is embedded in an extensive program comprising offers from all three areas—art, culture, and sports.