Art and culture

Art has the power to build bridges. A rich cultural life and a lively art scene also foster creativity and innovation. That is why promoting art and culture is very important to us.

Our cultural involvements include the Daimler Art Collection, which was founded in 1977 and has now grown to around 2,600 works by 700 different artists. The emphasis of our activities is generally on the regional promotion of culture, with a focus on jazz, classical music, and the promotion of film in addition to the visual arts. From Berlin we support the Berlin Philharmonic, the German Opera House in Berlin, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern music festival. In Stuttgart, we support the Theaterhaus Theater, the Jazz Open, and the animated film festival, among others. In China, we are involved in a strategic partnership with the National Center for the Performing Arts, and are active as sponsor of Art Beijing and the International Music Festival. In South Africa we are active as partners of the “21 icons” project. The initiative strives to inspire the younger generations to follow in the footsteps of national icons like Nelson Mandela.

Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. With its museums, libraries, archives, and research facilities, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation is one of the largest cultural and scientific institutions in the world. We support the strategic objectives of the foundation with a view to making an effective contribution to the promotion of culture in society, with the primary aim of increasing the visibility of the cultural heritage and the museum work, and promoting new conceptual avenues for imparting culture in the community.

Emerging Artist Award. With their Emerging Artist Award, Daimler Financial Services and the Cranbrook Academy of Art have been providing financial support for a particularly promising graduate of the Michigan-based Academy of Art since 2005. The young artist is given the opportunity to make contacts in the international art scene, and to work and present his art during a two-month stay in Berlin.

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