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Kirchberg businesses open their doors to exhibit a private art collection

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Companies such as Allen & Overy, Arendt, Clearstream, Deutsche Bank and the EIB allow people to view their art collection on Sundays

Companies such as Allen & Overy, Arendt, Clearstream, Deutsche Bank and the EIB allow people to view their art collection on Sundays

The art collection on display at a previous Private Art Kirchberg open house event

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Art is not the first thing that comes to mind when looking at corporate buildings in Kirchberg. But this Sunday, EU businesses and institutions will open their doors to the public to display their art collections.

From painting to sculpture, via photography or even architecture, the Private Art Kirchberg initiative is back after being postponed twice due to the pandemic. Visitors can take a look at the private art collection of companies such as Allen & Overy, Arendt, Clearstream, Deutsche Bank, European Investment Bank, Kirchberg Fund and UBS on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Some rooms, like those of the Kirchberg Fund, are in the open air and if they went unnoticed in the past, it will now be possible to see them in parallel with a guided tour. There will also be several activities for children as well as guided tours, in English and French, at different locations.

If you don’t know where to start, why not follow the recommendations of Bettina Steinbrügge, director of MUDAM. At Clearstream, she highlights the Faces and Phases collection by self-proclaimed visual activist Zanele Muholi. These photographs are part of the Female Perspectives collection, exhibited at Clearstream, which include powerful blows.


Visitors watching a video demonstration

Visitors watching a video demonstration

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Another of his recommendations can be found at UBS – a work by Luxembourg artist Su Mei Tse that combines sound, nature and art. Steinbrügge was also “deeply moved” by Lyle Ashton Harris’ untitled portrait at Arendt, which explores the theme of equal rights. Arendt is home to both a permanent collection and temporary exhibitions, and visitors will be able to see both. Their current temporary exhibition focuses on contemporary photography with well-known artists such as David LaChapelle.

If visitors’ appetite for art is not satiated after a visit to the private collections, they can also head to MUDAM. In partnership with the Sunday event, visitors will receive a discount on admission tickets and on items from the museum shop.


A photographic exhibition in one of the Kirchberg companies

A photographic exhibition in one of the Kirchberg companies

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Since 2013, the law firm Allen & Overy and MUDAM have partnered, focusing on donations of video works and offering a conservation grant in the field of moving images and new technologies to MUDAM. Four of the video artworks that have been donated to MUDAM over the years will be featured at Allen & Overy This weekend.

Visitors to Deutsche Bank can enjoy an exhibition called We are Part of Culture created by the non-profit organization Project 100% Human. It exhibits portraits of “people past and present who have had a major impact on European culture” and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community.


Doors will be open on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Doors will be open on Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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The EIB offers what is called Unravelling, which includes 32 works acquired over the past four years and focuses on climate-conscious and socially engaged art.

Private Art Kirchberg started in 2006 and is held every two years and its objective is to unveil the private art collections of companies which are not generally accessible to the public and to invite people to live a different experience in a space normally dedicated to business, shopping or catering.

For more information and to view the full program, click here.


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