Special Edition Cards
The UBS Special Edition Cards with subjects by Andy Warhol and Alberto Giacometti from the Fondation Beyeler collection are globally unique and available only from UBS. The advantages and conveniences of a UBS credit card are combined with exquisite art.
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The essential motif of Warhol’s Flowers series derives from a photograph the artist came across in a magazine. He modified the image in terms of the arrangement and number of blooms, creating numerous variations in the series of silkscreen prints which differ in color and format. In this particular version, however, the petals and the green background were painted by hand. More than almost any of his other motifs, the flower image demonstrates Warhol’s core principle of seriality in a particularly striking and poetic manner. The flower represents an amalgamation both of the plant’s natural potential for proliferation and its technical reproducibility as a mass-produced figure of decoration. Although Warhol transposes the flower’s fragility and ephemerality into a monumental dimension, his Flowers also radiate an aura of vulnerability and nostalgia. Indeed, the first Flower prints were produced directly after his Disaster series, which focused on media images of death. In this light, Warhol’s Flowers can also be seen to echo the flower’s mythical relation to mortality that Ovid describes in Metamorphoses.
L’homme qui marche II, 1960
The life-size bronze sculpture L’homme qui marche is one of the most important works created by the Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti, and featured in four different perspectives on Switzerland’s 100 franc bank-note features four different views of it. The work was created in 1960 in the context of a project for the Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York. Giacometti envisaged placing three to four sculptures – a large head, a walking man and one or two standing women – in the plaza. His idea was to position the figures singly with enough space between them for visitors to be able to become part of the sculptural group. Giacometti ultimately abandoned the project on the grounds that the sculptures did not suit the Chase Manhattan Plaza’s huge size. Several versions of the figures were nonetheless created, four of which – including L’homme qui marche II – now belong to the Beyeler Collection.
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