Among the best corporate Collections in the world
NOVO BANCO Contemporary Photography Collection began in 2004 with the acquisition of "A Woman with a Covered Tray, 2003," a light box by Jeff Wall, "Untitled, 2004," a self-portrait of Cindy Sherman, "Shanghai Panorama, 2002", a view of Shanghai by Thomas Struth and "Rijksmuseum Amsterdam II, 2003", a library by Candida Höfer.
The goal was to gather an exemplary body of artworks, giving an idea of the world's contemporary art production and to make it accessible both to employees of the Bank and the public, monitoring through a photography collection the evolution of art and the new photography directions as a relatively recently considered form of artistic expression.
The works chosen for the Collection cover photography in all of its forms, integrating installations such as "Installation, 1999" by Wolfgang Tillmans, Christian Boltanski's "Lumières (blue pyramid - Claudine), 2000", which complements the photography with a light installation, or even mixed photography techniques found in works such as "Intersection Series: Seascape, Man (with Brick) and Man (with Pencil), 2002" and "Five Yellow Divisions: with Persons And White), 2004" by John Baldessari. The artworks are all produced in the 21st century in order to better convey the unique vision of artists about our shared contemporaneity. It is a deliberate decision to choose pieces that are representative of the artists' work, instead of acquiring large series, this to include a greater number of artists with different bodies of work.
The collection today comprises over 1000 works by 280 artists from 38 nationalities, representing a wide range of generations and origins. This diversity of artistic expressions is absolutely one of the collection strengths, and it is through this variety of styles that dialogue about the art of our times is promoted.
The collection storage is at the very central Espaço Novo Banco in Marquês de Pombal in Lisbon, where most of its exhibitions occur. Many collection artworks are shown at the Novo Banco headquarters and other company buildings in the atriums, main halls, and corridors, for employees, clients and visitors immediate enjoyment. The Espaço Novo Banco exhibition space is open to the public from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 7 pm. There is an exhibition program that promotes a cultural and artistic offer throughout the year, the access is free, and it is also possible to visit the collection storage (by prior appointment) in a space that was specifically developed to ensure proper conditions for the photography conservation.
Gérard Castello-Lopes "Figueira do Guincho, Portugal, 1988"
NOVO BANCO Contemporary Photography Collection is a founding member of IACCCA International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art.
- 2017, selected for the ARCOLisboa official program;
- 2016, selected to participate in the international "Corporate Art Awards 2016", which aims to identify, recognize and promote excellence and best practices in collaboration between the corporate world and international art, through Corporate Collections;
- 2016, selected for the ARCOLisboa first edition official program. The only collection outside from the institutional museum's circuit to be included in this program for professionals and collectors of contemporary art;
- 2015, considered one of the 80 best corporate collections in the world by "Global Corporate Collection" publication (Global Corporate Collection pp. 358-363, published by Deutsche Standards);
- 2014 ( the year that celebrated the collection 10th anniversary), was honored with the integration in the 100 Best Corporate Collections in the World - the only Portuguese collection represented. (A Celebration of Corporate Art Programs Worldwide, 88.89, by Peter Harris & Shirley Reiff Howart, published by Bonhams;
- 2012, invited to exhibit at the ARCOMadrid;
- 2011, awarded with the "15th" the "Corporate Collection Award 2011" by ARCOMadrid.