Close encounters with Banca Popolare di Bergamo art collection
Curated by Enrico De Pascale
Banca Popolare di Bergamo, Piazza Vittorio Veneto n.8 – Bergamo Opening Hours from Monday to Friday: 8.20 am /1.20 pm – 2.40 / 4.10 pm
Banca Popolare di Bergamo promotes the ART UP Project, a cultural initiative aimed at the knowledge of its own artistic heritage. Every month a different artwork belonging to the Bank’s collection is showed in the hall of the Bank Headquarter at Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 8 in Bergamo.
Not only a display, but a real invite to read and enjoy the artworks through some historical and critical illustrated cards. The free and collectable cards are written for the occasion by the art historian Enrico De Pascale, curator of the Collection and the Art Up Project.
Thanks to the ART UP Project, works of Ancient and Contemporary Art, which would normally be inaccessible because they’re located in offices, branches and caveaux of the Bank, are made visible to the public.
The Bank Collection includes hundreds of artworks from XIV to XXI century (paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographies, prints, etc.) and it has been growing for almost 150 years, intertwining its growth with the story of the Bank, founded in 1869.
The wide and variegated Collection combines both local and national artistic production – Baschenis, Fra’ Galgario, Piccio, Manzù, Ghirri, Boetti – with the most avant-garde international artworks: from Anish Kapoor to Daniel Buren, from John Armleder to Liam Gillick, from Peter Halley to Yan Pei Ming, from Jan Fabre to Rudolf Stingel. The Collection represents a variety of artistic languages and expressions and it’s the result of specific choices settled in favour of the best representation of past and present artistic culture.
Banca Popolare di Bergamo, belonging to the UBI Banca Group, works through 354 banks in the provinces of Bergamo, Varese, Monza e Brianza, Como, Lecco, Milano, Brescia and Roma.
Founded in 1869, the Bank has always been a reference point in the local area, distinguishing itself for the support given to the local economy and socio-cultural initiatives.