International art magazine Apollo has published its annual list of artists, collectors, thinkers and businesspeople making waves across the art industry.


Apollo, the international monthly art magazine, has announced its annual ‘40 Under 40’ list of the most inspirational young people making their mark in the art world. This is the second year Deutsche Bank Wealth Management has partnered with Apollo on the initiative, with support from Deutsche Bank’s Art, Culture & Sports division. Each year, the publication focuses on a different region around the world, and for 2018 it has shined the spotlight on Europe.


The final selection consists of four categories: The Artists, The Thinkers, The Collectors and The Business. With only 10 people chosen in each category, making the cut is a testament to an individual’s influence and potential.


The stars of the 2018 Apollo 40 Under 40

This year's 40 are based in 15 countries across Europe. One of the chosen artists is Richard Mosse. Born in Ireland, Mosse is a documentary photographer who has travelled to the Middle East, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia for his work. He is best known for capturing scenes of war in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo using infrared film. The resulting images invert the colours of the landscape, with greenery appearing pink, to challenge Western assumptions about Africa and conflict.


The Thinkers category is a selection of curators of European exhibitions and galleries, an art writer, and a film studies university lecturer and scholar. The Business category highlights the most entrepreneurial figures in the art world. These finalists include notable founders and co-founders of emerging galleries, as well as the founder and CEO of Vastari, an online platform that facilitates exhibition loans and tours, and an award-winning art and textiles teacher from London.


Finally, the Collectors category includes 10 burgeoning art enthusiasts who have built up significant personal collections of artworks.


Judging the Apollo 40 Under 40

Apollo has become one of the most well-known and influential magazines covering the visual arts since its launch in 1925. It has nurtured a large community of experts within the art world, from which it selects the panel of six judges who will draw up the final 40.


This year, this team included Josephine Ackerman, Deputy Global Head and Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bank’s Art, Culture & Sports division.


“Being a judge in the 40 Under 40 initiative included a lot of in-depth research and analysis,” she says, when asked about the judging process. "However, it was more than rewarding to dive into the world of these tremendously fascinating artists, courageous thinkers, innovative entrepreneurs and interesting collectors. It was personally inspiring. The Apollo team were so kind and proactive, and fun to work with." 

40 Under 40 is a great initiative that continues to acknowledge and hopefully encourage up-and-coming talent on their career paths.

Josephine Ackerman, Deputy Global Head and COO of Art, Culture & Sports, Deutsche Bank

How Deutsche Bank works to promote access to the arts


Deutsche Bank is highly active in the art world, curating one of the world’s largest corporate collections of artworks on paper. As well as partnering with Apollo on the 40 Under 40, Deutsche Bank Wealth Management also partners with the Frieze Art Fairs. This year, the Deutsche Bank Wealth Management Lounges at Frieze London and Frieze Masters will host an exhibition curated by Tracey Emin and her studio entitled Another World, which features works by female artists from the Deutsche Bank Collection, and a secret postcard sale in aid of charities that support vulnerable women. Both Deutsche Bank and Apollo have supported Frieze Masters since its inception in 2012.


“Art is a passion for Deutsche Bank,” says Michael Morley, Head of Deutsche Bank Wealth Management’s business in the UK. “We believe it can make a widespread, positive impact. Through our partnership with Apollo’s 40 Under 40, we are proud to support the surfacing of young, rising talent in the art world.”


To see the full 40 Under 40 Europe list, please click here.


Suzie Bliss is an editor in the global content team at Deutsche Bank Wealth Management.

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