Art Collection Telekom was launched in 2010 and focuses on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. The collection aims to promote a broader understanding of Europe’s cultural diversity. Contemporary art should be seen, experienced, and discussed. That’s why it is very important for Art Collection Telekom to make the collection accessible to a broad audience and regularly show it in new contexts. Deutsche Telekom has been working with institutional and private partners to hold international exhibitions since 2014.
One of the highlights of 2018 was the “I AM THE MOUTH” exhibition, which ran from January 19 through March 18 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb (MSU) and included several pieces from Art Collection Telekom. Visitors to the 52nd ART COLOGNE fair were also able to experience a virtual tour of “I AM THE MOUTH”. Deutsche Telekom presented the “Art Cologne Award for New Positions” to young artists for the fifth time at the fair. This year, the award went to Lito Kattou from Cyprus, whose sculptures, installations, and performances take space and time as their subjects. Art Collection Telekom launched its own art format in Bonn, the “Young Art Lovers”, to run in parallel with ART COLOGNE. This is an artistic journey through Deutsche Telekom headquarters that gives young people an exclusive look at the company’s own art collection. The Polish artist Iza Tarasewicz opened the event by presenting her expansive art installation “ONCE INFORMATION HAS PASSED INTO PROTEIN” in person.
Videos by Art Collection Telekom were the focus of the exhibition “Temporary Structures 4”, which opened in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in November 2018. Pieces from the collection were also shown at the 2018 viennacontemporary art fair.