In addition to numerous other commitments, Helaba has fostered close links to renowned art museums and events for many years.
Museum for Modern Art
The Museum for Modern Art (MMK) in Frankfurt was opened in 1991 and is considered to be one of the most significant museums for contemporary art in the world. Helaba has been a patron of the museum since 2005. In this capacity, its primary goal is to support the museum in its original objective: to expand its collection. Our commitment, extending far beyond support for individual events and temporary exhibitions, guarantees permanent support for the museum. In addition, Helaba is one of the founding partners of MMK 2 in the TaunusTurm skyscraper, an annex of the museum opened in 2014. The additional exhibition space of 1,700 m2 allows for an even broader presentation of MMK’s collection.
The Städel Museum
The Städel Museum (Städelsches Kunstinstitut) is one of the oldest art museums in Germany. In 1815, Johann Friedrich Städel laid the cornerstone for an art collection in his last will and testament. Today, it encompasses significant major works of all important European movements from the 14th century up to the present. Helaba has been a patron of the museum since 1999 and has sponsored the romanticist hall, the Galerie Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen. Additionally, it supports some of the museum’s outstanding projects, e.g. the exhibition “Rubens – The Power of Transformation” in 2017.
Also in 2017, Helaba was once again one of the principal sponsors, in association with the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, of the quinquennial documenta. The documenta is considered to be the most important event for the contemporary visual arts in the world, incorporating elements of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, film and video, performance, sound and architecture. d14 was entitled “Learning from Athens”. This year, the major exhibition was divided equally between Athens and the documenta’s usual home in Kassel. It attracted around 900,000 visitors to Kassel and 340,000 to Athens – a new record.
Münster Sculpture Projects
In association with the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, Helaba has been supporting the Sculpture Projects in the Westphalian city of Münster since their inception in 1977. In 2017, the exhibition curators invited 35 artists to realise a project at a place of their choosing within the urban area of Münster. The works, most of which were accessible to the public, enable a wide audience to be routinely confronted with modern sculpture in an urban setting. The Münster Sculpture Projects, which take place every ten years, have developed into a significant and large-scale cultural event with international appeal.