the EPO, contemporary art meets science and technology in
unique fashion. Since 1978, works have regularly been commissioned from a wide
range of artists. The result is a collection of conceptual contemporary art
that seeks to inspire our staff by shaping their daily work environment. For
visitors from all over the world, it is also proof of the EPO's commitment to
art. Our curatorial work imbues it with social relevance, transforming discrete
artworks into a single aesthetic experience. What results is a space that people
are happy to work in, because it is increasingly clear that art enhances the
workplace - especially in the digital age - by exposing people to original
ideas. Art in the workplace creates identity, both internally and externally.
1978, the EPO has always sought to involve artists in the architectural
planning phases for its buildings, commissioning site-specific installations
and monumental sculptures both inside and outside. Their works of art in public
spaces have helped to give the city a unique cultural identity. Preserving that
cultural heritage is becoming increasingly important, and at the same time
demonstrates the EPO's enduring commitment to the arts. A brochure produced in
2016 provides insight into these works in Munich's public space.
architectural installations, the EPO also owns a collection of conceptual
artworks that is constantly growing through new acquisitions and commissions,
and is exhibited in ever-changing contexts. The artworks are rotated between
the EPO's buildings to keep the collection lively and exciting. More recently,
following the renovation of its Munich headquarters, the EPO has implemented original
new curatorial concept in which older works from the collection are on show
alongside more recent acquisitions.
EPO's art collection looks to the future. Trends in science and technology, and
the fascinating aesthetics of these disciplines, are therefore pivotal to its
underlying concept, and reflected in many of the pieces. Works by younger
artists are juxtaposed with contemporary-art classics from more established
names in an exciting dialogue that spans the generations. The themes on display
show how the EPO's work on its collection activities reflects its corporate
identity, and how it gives expression to its commitment to culture.
Roland Fuhrmann is winner of the public art competition for the EPO Berlin 2017
a member of the "corporate collecting"
working party of Berlin's Kulturkreis
der deutschen Wirtschaft (cultural association of the German economy) and the
Geneva-based IACCCA (International Association of Collections of Contemporary
Art), the EPO has joined a growing number of firms, institutions and related
foundations that consider it part of their social responsibility to actively
collect, preserve, exhibit and provide access to art and cultural objects.
They regard active,
living collections, embedded in their corporate culture and communication, as
permanent, long-term components of their corporate social responsibility. The EPO has produced eight
publications on the collection since 2009. The collection itself is cited in
best-practice publications on corporate collecting, and studied by experts in
the fields of communication, marketing, sociology and art technology.