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Art has a long tradition at Munich Re. In 1912 and 1913, Carl von Thieme, the founder of the company and patron of the arts, commissioned various contemporary artists from the region to design the newly completed Main Building at Königinstrasse in Munich. Reinhold Max Eichler created "Kampf der Elemente", a fresco of nearly 20 square metres designed for the entrance area. This depiction of man's struggle with the forces of nature is symbolic of the conflict between man and nature, which is a visual representation of the challenges Munich Re must face every day. The works from the early years still convey the historical building's image today of the significance and growing success that the company stood for at the beginning of the 20th century.

With the development of the reinsurance undertaking into a globally operating

Group, art has also become more international at Munich Re. The light installations of Angela Bulloch, Ulrich Horndash und Dietmar Tanterl, Maurizio Nannucci, Keith Sonnier, James Turrell and Rolf Walz in the system of underground passageways that interconnect Munich Re office buildings in Munich-Schwabing, are unique examples of the symbiosis of art and architecture. The staircases designed by Felice Varini, Peter Kogler and Aribert von Ostrowski make passing through the buildings a visual experience.


Munich Re has also sought to display its close ties to contemporary art externally. Jonathan Borofsky's 17-metre-high "Walking Man", installed in front of the office building on Leopoldstrasse in 1995, has since become a "trademark" of Munich Re.

By contrast, Olafur Eliasson's two-part installation more demurely awaits discovery. "Discrepancy", the stainless steel sculpture by Roxy Paine, has stood prominently before the entrance to the office building on Mandlstrasse by the English Garden since 2011.

The Munich Re Art Collection is continually being expanded through the acquisition of works by contemporary artists. Today, the collection boasts more than 2,500 works of international artists at the Munich location. A selection of works is presented on the Corporate Art Website.



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