LBS Bausparkasse der Sparkassen

Color for the boardroom

The administrative center of a building society is generally regarded as the center of seriousness and reliability. The Landesbausparkasse (LBS) in Münster proves that on the one hand this is true, but on the other hand that art with its colorful ideas and imagination also finds its ideal place there. The LBS boardroom entrusted the artist Angela Bulloch, born in Fort Frances / Canada in 1966, with the artistic design of her central bank headquarters through Samuelis Baumgarte Art Consulting.

The result was the work »Actual, Virtual, Visual«, a double installation in the form of a pixel tower and a wall painting, which has literally brought color to the boardroom ever since. A third of all home loan and savings contracts in Germany are managed from there. This makes LBS the number one among Germany's building societies. With her object in Munster, Angela Bulloch proves how such a company can be artistically designed in a unique way.

The pixel tower installed there consists of five pixel boxes with a glass front of 50 by 50 centimeters each. These change their colors in a computer-controlled rhythm. The source for the programming of the computer is television material with landscape shots.

The soft programming is never annoying or aggressive, but gives the impression of a flowing color sequence. The visitor has a similar impression when walking through the hallway and the flowing view of the wall painting. The color sequence can be associated with hiking through a landscape.

The artist judges her work as follows: "The abstract quality of the minimalist aesthetic, which has been taken to extremes, contains at the same time, at least potentially, the whole weight of the world and the problems of its global meditation." Angela Bulloch lives and works in London and Berlin. Her installations and objects repeatedly address the question of the regularity of human action. She has been internationally successful with solo and group exhibitions since 1994, including at the Venice Biennale, the Kunstverein Hamburg and the Academy of Arts in Berlin.