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10.10.2011

Bank Austria “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook designed by Fernando Botero

  • As from 10 October 2011, the Bank Austria “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook created this year will offer a fixed interest rate of 2.625 per cent p.a. for a term of 24 months
  • Designed by Fernando Botero, the Bank Austria “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” passbook again offers savers a number of additional benefits
  • For each newly opened “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” savings account, 50 cents will go to Amber-Med, the social project of Austria’s Diakonie and the Red Cross which is the winner of the Bank Austria “Best Start 2011” Sponsorship Award

With the “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” passbook, savers can get a good return on their savings, enjoy art and culture, and at the same time help others. This year’s “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook offers an attractive fixed interest rate of 2.625 per cent p.a. for a term of 24 months. The passbook has been designed by the Colombian painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, who was born in Medellin in 1932. The first ever comprehensive presentation of the artist’s paintings will open at the Bank Austria Kunstforum on 12 October.

The “KünstlerSparbuch” will this year again inspire passbook owners to “save the beautiful way” on the occasion of World Savings Day. “Saving with a passbook is the Austrians’ favourite savings method – especially in times of economic uncertainty,” says Rainer Hauser, the Management Board member responsible for private customers and SMEs at Bank Austria. “This year the “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook has been designed by Fernando Botero, one of South America’s most astonishing artists, to whom the Bank Austria Kunstforum is dedicating a unique exhibition. We are enhancing the value of the passbook with an attractive interest rate. In addition, we support the winner of our “Best Start 2011” Sponsorship Award with every “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook.”

Supporting an award-winning social project
For each newly opened “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” savings account, Bank Austria transfers 50 cents to the winning project of the Bank Austria “Best Start 2011” Sponsorship Award. An expert jury made a first selection of five projects from among all those submitted. The Amber-Med project of Austria’s Diakonie in cooperation with the Red Cross emerged as winner from the Internet and mobile phone voting procedure, with about 61 per cent of all votes. The Amber-Med project is a healthcare service operated by Austria’s Diakonie in cooperation with the Red Cross. A team of 50 people including doctors, therapists and interpreters work on a voluntary basis and provide medical services to patients without health insurance. Every year some 800 patients from more than 70 countries benefit from these services. Help is provided on an anonymous basis and without bureaucratic procedures.

Tickets for a musical at a reduced price
Anyone opening a “KünstlerSparbuch” savings account will also receive, upon request, a 35 per cent discount on two tickets for the Udo Jürgens musical “Ich war noch niemals in New York” at selected performances at Vienna’s Raimund Theatre in early 2012. The tickets can be bought at any Bank Austria branch when a “KünstlerSparbuch” savings account is opened.

Limited edition
The “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” passbook designed by Fernando Botero is only available as a limited edition in the period from 10 October to 4 November 2011. With a single deposit of EUR 500 or more it offers an attractive fixed interest rate of 2.625 per cent p.a with a term of 24 months. As numbers are limited, customers should act quickly to secure their artistic passbook in their branch. Customers can obtain further details on the “KünstlerSparbuch 2011” savings account from their Bank Austria relationship manager.

The pleasant aspect of saving
Bank Austria’s “KünstlerSparbuch” has been linking art with income in this creative manner since 1994: this special passbook is designed by a different artist every year. Artists who designed “KünstlerSparbuch” passbooks in previous years include Christian Ludwig Attersee, Hans Staudacher, Max Weiler, Arnulf Rainer, Josef Mikl, Adolf Frohner, Helmut Margreiter, Hermann Nitsch, Bruno Gironcoli, Alfred Hrdlicka, Günter Damisch, Maria Lassnig, Oswald Oberhuber, Heinrich Reisenbauer (a Gugging artist), Herbert Brandl and VALIE EXPORT. The new “KünstlerSparbuch” passbook has been designed by Fernando Botero, an internationally renowned Colombian artist. A major exhibition at the Bank Austria Kunstforum will show paintings by Fernando Botero from 12 October 2011 to 15 January 2012.

Enquiries: Bank Austria Media Relations Austria
Matthias Raftl, tel. +43 (0) 50505 52809
e-mail: matthias.raftl@unicreditgroup.at

 

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