Henkel Collection Art Catalog

An art collection for all employees.
During the period 1970 – 2000, professor of art Gabriele Henkel collected art from around the world for the Henkel company. These works enliven the offices, corridors, stairwells and canteens at Henkel’s Düsseldorf headquarters and have thus become part of the working environment of several thousand employees. The two-volume catalog “The Collection at Home – Henkel Collection” shows a selection of this unusual art collection comprised of paintings, exhibits of graphic and primitive art, photographs, tapestries and fabrics. Now the catalog has been launched in Düsseldorf.

Düsseldorf – When a new complex of buildings was constructed on the Henkel site in Düsseldorf in 1970, Prof. Gabriele Henkel, renowned art expert, was commissioned by the company to start an art collection. For the wife of the deceased Dr. Konrad Henkel, grandson of the company founder Fritz Henkel, one important prerequisite was that the works should be made accessible to all the company’s employees and be integrated within the working world.
Gabriele Henkel has recorded a part of the collection in a two-volume catalog that was now presented to the public. Guests from the worlds of art, politics and business came to the launch, which was held at Düsseldorf’s K21 gallery, home of the art collection of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In his welcoming address, Henkel CEO Kasper Rorsted expressed what many of Henkel’s employees must think as they pass through the buildings that make up their place of work: “As a Henkel man, I am lifted by this daily presence of both intensely stimulating and tranquil art that surrounds me. It is truly motivational and inspires our creativity, and so, on behalf of the company, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Gabriele Henkel for making this possible.”
The catalog entitled “The Collection at Home” is published by Dumont Verlag.
Henkel has been dedicated to making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful for more than 130 years. A Fortune 500 and Germany's most admired company, Henkel offers strong brands and technologies in three areas of competence: Adhesive Technologies, Home Care and Personal Care. Each day, more than 50,000 employees in 125 countries are dedicated to fulfilling Henkel's claim "A Brand like a Friend.” In fiscal 2008, Henkel generated sales of 14,131 million euros and adjusted operating profit of 1,460 million euros.
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