Corporate Respons­ibility

Wrapping of the Ringturm

With the wrapping of its headquarters, the Vienna Ringturm, the Group - with the support of its main shareholder - contributes to art in the public space. Renown Austrian and international artists have been commissioned with this project since 2006.

More information can be found at the website of Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein.

Wrapping of the Ringturm in 2018: “I saw this”

© Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein / Gottfried Helnwein / Robert Newald

A special anniversary – 100 years since the establishment of the First Austrian Republic – and an extraordinary artist: Helnwein’s work “I saw this” will transform Vienna’s Ringturm into an imposing reminder of the evils of terror and repression in summer 2018.

In 2018 it is once again the turn of an Austrian artist to design the wrapping of the Ringturm in central Vienna. Born in the Austrian capital and known for his controversial works, Gottfried Helnwein is making an impassioned plea against violence, terror and fear for the Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein initiative. “In 2018 – the year in which Austria marks the centenary of the First Republic – we deliberately chose a world-renowned Austrian artist. Gottfried Helnwein is one of our country’s leading contemporary artists,” explained Günter Geyer, Chairman of the Managing Board of Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein. With this year’s artistic wrapping of the Vienna Insurance Group (VIGVIGheadquarters, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, VIG’s main shareholder, is highlighting a topic to which many people turn a blind eye. “War, violence and terror are gruesome reality in many parts of the world, and we want to draw attention to this with Helnwein’s imagery,” added Geyer.

Press release English:
Press Release Wrapping of the Ringturm building 2018

Reproduction rights:
© Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein/Gottfried Helnwein (Danube Canal side of the Ringturm)
© Robert Newald/Gottfried Helnwein (Schottenring side of the Ringturm)

Wrapping of the Ringturm in 2017: “Vision”

© Robert Newald/Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein

This summer, the Ringturm was transformed into an eye-catching work of art for the tenth time. Serbian artist Mihael Milunović’s monumental installation brought a mountain massif to the heart of the Austrian capital. “Vision” by Mihael Milunović represented a cultural dialogue between Austria and Serbia. It also underlined the southeast European country’s significance for the Vienna Insurance Group – Wiener Städtische osiguranje a.d.o. Beograd has grown to become one of Serbia’s leading insurers. 

Press release English:
Press Release Wrapping of the Ringturm building 2017

Press release Serbian:
Press Release oblacenja Ringturma 2017

Rendering:

"Vision" at the Vienna Ringturm - portrait
"Vision" at the Vienna Ringturm - landscape

 © Robert Newald/Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein

Wrapping of the Ringturm in 2016: “Unburdened”

© Robert Newald

In the summer months of 2016, the Ringturm was transformed into a monumental art installation for the ninth time. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the VIG’s Czech Group company Kooperativa, the Czech painter Ivan Exner designed the netting sheets enveloping the Ringturm. Exner's work, entitled “Unburdened”, shows a boy standing on a hill flying kites. The boy is a symbol of ease and carefreeness. Another important element in the painting is the endless sea horizon lying before the child. Instead of the office building, passers-by will gaze at the open sea in the middle of a densely built-up area of their city. Between the child and the distant horizon lies endless vastness.

Press release English:
Press Release Wrapping of the Ringturm building 2016

Press release Czech:
Press Release Zahalení budovy Ringturm 2016

Photos:

"Unburdened" at the Vienna Ringturm - portrait
"Unburdened" at the Vienna Ringturm - landscape
© Robert Newald


2015: “Summer Pleasures” - by Tanja Deman

© Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein/Tanja Deman

On its 60th birthday in 2015, the Ringturm was attracting the attention of the international art scene. For the eighth time, Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, main shareholder of Vienna Insurance Group, wrapped the Ringturm – in 2015 with the work “Sommerfreuden“ (“Summer Pleasures”) by Croatian artist Tanja Deman. During summer, the building once again made its mark on the city’s appearance with a supersized art installation.


Press release English:
"Summer Pleasures" at the Vienna Ringturm


Press release Croatian:
„Sommerfreuden“ na bečkom Ringturmu
 




Photo:

Ringturmverhüllung, Sommer 2015, Tanja Deman – Sommerfreuden
Photo and rendering: © Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein/Tanja Deman

2014: "Veil of Agnes" - by Arnulf Rainer

© Robert Newald/Wiener Städtische Versicherungsvereinn

Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein is continuing the tradition of covering the Ringturm with large-format works of art with Arnulf Rainer’s “Veil of Agnes” (Schleier der Agnes). Rainer’s work will adorn the facade of the Ringturm this summer from 16 June. The high-visibility art project, set to take place this year for the seventh time, is a declaration of the long-standing connection between Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein and the Klosterneuburg Monastery.



Press Release:
Ringturm wrapping by Arnulf Rainer - Veil of Agnes


Photo:

Ringturm wrapping, summer 2014, Arnulf Rainer – Veil of Agnes

Based on the original from the series “veil and bow pictures” (1990s)

Photo and rendering: © Robert Newald/Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein


2013: "Ties" - by Dorota Sadovská

© Robert Newald

The traditional wrapping of the Ringturm during the summer months highlights the clear and expressive commitment of Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein – the main shareholder of Vienna Insurance Group – to its role as a facilitator of cross-border cultural dialogue. 2013 the young Slovak artist Dorota Sadovská was commissioned to create “Ties”, an art installation which will be used exclusively for covering the façade of the Ringturm. Dorota Sadovská is the second artist from a neighbouring country transforming the office building steeped in tradition into an “Art Tower”.


Press release:
Sixth artistic wrapping of the Ringturm by Dorota Sadovská


Picture:

© Robert Newald
Capture: The Ringturm wrapped in Dorota Sadovská's “Ties” (montage)

2012: "Society" - Ringturm wrapping by László Fehér

© Robert Newald

Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein, the main shareholder of the Vienna Insurance Group, is once again demonstrating its commitment to art in public spaces with the fifth artistic decoration of the Ringturm. The tower’s prominent position on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, at the northern end of Franz-Josefs-Kai where the ring opens onto the Danube Canal, offers a perfect opportunity to expose the Viennese public and the city’s many visitors to contemporary art. László Fehér’s work “Society” transforms the Ringturm from an office block into an art tower. This is the first time that an artist from one of Austria’s neighbouring countries has been commissioned to produce an exclusive work for the tower’s transformation.


Press release:
“Society” by László Fehér wraps Ringturm for the fifth time

Picture:
© Vienna Insurance Group/Robert Newald

Capture: The Ringturm wrapped in László Fehér's “Society” (montage)

© Robert Newald