Press release
October 19, 2016

Driving Cross Cultural Dialogue - Evonik Donates Beethoven Statue to Singapore

  • Latest sculpture carved by German sculptor Markus Lüpertz to be donated to Singapore
  • Sculpture set to stay in Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) permanently
  • Evonik is eager to drive the cross cultural dialogue between Germany and Singapore

Evonik, one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies from Germany, has donated a giant bronze statue of Beethoven to Singapore, and received by SUTD today. Carved by German sculptor Markus Lüpertz, the statue marks Evonik’s first step in driving the cross cultural dialogue between Germany and Singapore.

As a creative industrial group with worldwide operations, Evonik has been consistently strengthening its dedication to corporate responsibility. Besides integrating corporate responsibility into its business activities, Evonik also contributes to the cultural wealth of the society by supporting a broad range of activities worldwide. “Evonik believes arts and music can enrich our daily life, broaden our horizon and show us new perspectives,” Dr. Klaus Engel, Chairman of the Executive Board of Evonik Industries, said during the statue unveiling ceremony at SUTD in Singapore today.

By bringing the art sculpture from Germany and donating it to Singapore as a gift, Evonik would like to further develop German art and cultural awareness in the country. “Singapore is one of our important markets in Asia and I am glad that apart from science and education, we are able to bring in the cultural aspects of Germany to this country,” Dr. Engel added.

As one of Germany’s most prominent contemporary artists, Markus Lüpertz’s talents reach beyond painting, to composing lyrics, building sculptures and designing graphics. Well known for his expressively rendered paintings and sculptures, Lüpertz’s art pieces often merge abstraction and representation. This is also reflected in the 2.7 meters high and weighs 1100 kilograms’ statue “Beethoven”: the armless torso looking longingly into the distance, with a bust of the great German composer – as an interpretation of visualizing Beethoven’s oeuvre and his genius triumphing over adversity.

As a gift to Singapore, the “Beethoven” statue is set to stay in SUTD permanently. “SUTD is delighted to accept this gift on Singapore’s behalf, not only because we share Evonik’s vision to promote sustainable innovations, but also because SUTD aims to develop technically-grounded leaders through a holistic and well-rounded education that encompasses design and the humanities, arts and social sciences,” said Professor Thomas Magnanti, President of SUTD. “We look forward to a closer collaboration with Evonik in the near future.”

"Envonik's presentation of the Beethoven statute to SUTD is an inspired gift. In SUTD we are always reaching out to understand innovation and creativity and how the process takes place. The lessons of the genius Beethoven for our students as they reflect on his life are many. Beethoven did not let adversity arrest his creativity. He turned his deafness into a source of strength. Silence created the space for ideas and sublime music to emerge," added Professor Chan Heng Chee, Chairman of the National Arts Council and the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at SUTD, who was the guest-of-honour for the ceremony.

The day ended with an exclusive artist sharing session in the afternoon at LASALLE College of the Arts, a leading arts tertiary institution in Singapore. By sharing the inspiration behind his work, Lüpertz had a fruitful and engaging discussion with the students. “Evonik has been actively promoting cultural and social values in Germany, I am glad that they are also keen on fostering participation and cross-cultural dialogue,” said Markus Lüpertz. “Thanks to Evonik for sponsoring my sculpture and bringing it from Germany to Singapore, I hope my work will be able to strengthen the cultural connections between the two countries.”

Company information

 Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals, operating in the Nutrition & Care, Resource Efficiency and Performance Materials segments. The company benefits from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms. In 2015 more than 33,500 employees generated sales of around €13.5 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.47 billion.

Evonik in South East Asia, Australia & New Zealand

Headquartered in Singapore, Evonik is present in the SEAANZ region with production sites, sales offices, innovation and technical service centers located in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. With more than 800 employees in the region, the company steadily grows its footprint in SEAANZ by expanding its regional operations in response to the growing demand. Evonik Industries has been establishing customer relationships and importing a broad range of products in the SEAANZ region since the 1920’s.


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