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Artistic savings with benefits and a charitable cause
Bank Austria KünstlerSparbuch passbook features Gustav Klimt design this year

  • This year’s KünstlerSparbuch passbook offering 1.1 per cent p.a. fixed interest with a term of 18 months is available starting 1 October 2012
  • The Bank Austria KünstlerSparbuch 2012 passbook featuring a Gustav Klimt design once again offers savers a number of additional benefits
  • For each newly opened passbook savings account, 50 cents will be donated to the winning projects of the Bank Austria Social Prize, Gewaltprävention Bärenstark and NachbarInnen in Wien

With the KünstlerSparbuch 2012 passbook savings account, savers can get a good return on their savings, enjoy art and culture, and at the same time help others. With a deposit of EUR 500 or more, savers can secure fixed interest of 1.1 per cent p.a. for a term of 18 months. According to Rainer Hauser, the Bank Austria Management Board member responsible for Family & SME Banking, "Saving with a passbook is the most popular form of savings among Austrians – especially in times of economic uncertainty. Once again this year, the KünstlerSparbuch will inspire passbook owners to ‘save the beautiful way’ on the occasion of World Savings Day. In honour of Klimt Year 2012, a painting by Gustav Klimt will grace the cover of this year’s KünstlerSparbuch: The work Water Nymphs is part of Bank Austria’s art collection and will be made available to the Albertina on permanent loan starting on 30 October 2012."

Supporting an award-winning social project
For each newly opened KünstlerSparbuch 2012 savings account, 50 cents will be donated to the winning projects of the 2012 Bank Austria Social Prize, Gewaltprävention Bärenstark and NachbarInnen in Wien. The project Gewaltprävention Bärenstark managed by the organisation Happy Kids aims to enable children to grow up in a violence-free and harmonious family environment. The project was launched in 2007 and offers courses, workshops and lectures for everyone from nursery school-aged children to teenagers. The goal of the low threshold migration project managed by the organisation NachbarInnen in Wien is to provide support for migrant families in the form of specially qualified migrants (neighbours) who can help them transition into life in Vienna.

Discounted tickets to a hit musical
Upon request, anyone opening a KünstlerSparbuch passbook will also receive a discount of 35 per cent for the purchase of two tickets for select performances of the hit musical Elisabeth at Vienna’s Raimund Theater. In addition, they will receive a 5 per cent discount on all Elisabeth merchandise at the souvenir stand in the Raimund Theater in Vienna, at the theatre shop of the Theater an der Wien or in the online shop.

Limited edition
The limited edition KünstlerSparbuch 2012 passbook featuring a Gustav Klimt design is only available while supplies last from 1 October to 8 November 2012. With a one-time deposit of as little as EUR 500, account holders will benefit from fixed interest of 1.1 per cent p.a. with a term of 18 months. Customers can obtain further details on the KünstlerSparbuch 2012 savings account from their Bank Austria relationship manager.

The beautiful side of saving
Bank Austria’s KünstlerSparbuch has been linking art with savings in this creative manner since 1994: This special passbook is designed by a different artist every year. In past years, this popular passbook has been designed by important Austrian artists such as 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. Last year the passbook was designed by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero and this year it will feature a Gustav Klimt painting from Bank Austria’s art collection in honour of the Klimt Year.

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

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