Internationally awarded in the European Parliament

Contemporary Photography Collection



Works from the novobanco Photography Collection
patent in the Novobanco Photography Collection space



Renowned American artist Andres Serrano was born in New York in 1950, having started his artistic career in the 1980s. Combining elements of classical and pop cultures, his occasionally controversial works offer a reflection on the contemporary individual and the contradictions of American society.

In the series presented here, part of our Photography Collection, the artist reflects on developments in American society following the events of September 11th, 2001. Through his work, the artist questions the belief in the ‘American Dream,’ an idea of freedom and equality underpinned by equal opportunities for all, regardless of social class. Allowing citizens to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative in a society without obstacles.
In this series, made in the tradition of studio photography, Andres Serrano presents powerful and sumptuously lit portraits of a broad spectrum of Americans. Serrano dubbed his unique vision of America ‘My America’, a melting pot that includes the anonymous and the famous, the rich and the poor. Depicting everyone, from firefighters and nurses to B.B. King, he leads us to understand that America is all these things.

The superb quality of Serrano’s saturated prints challenges established notions of beauty and social taboos.

Serrano has received several grants and prizes from Organizations.

Curatorship: Alexandra Conde


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The Photography Collection won the international award at the "Corporate Art Awards - Mecenati of the XXI Century" on 28 November 2018 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The distinction "For the Outstanding Photography Collection of 21st century living artists" aims to promote collaboration between the world of business and art and is an important recognition of the unique example of cultural patronage, which has created one of the most important corporate collections of contemporary art from the world made up of living artists from the 21st century.




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Irving Penn

Salad Ingredients, 1947

Jeff Wall

A Woman with a Covered Tray, 2003

Andreas Gursky

Dior Homme, 2003

Cindy Sherman

Untitled #419, 2004

Cindy Sherman

Untitled #477, 2008

Rodney Graham

Lighthouse Keeper with Lighthouse Model, 1955-2010

Rodney Graham

Paradoxical Western Scene, 2006

John Baldessari

Five Yellow Divisions: with Persons (Black and White), 2004

John Baldessari

Intersection Series: Seascape, Man (with Brick) and Man (with Pencil), 2002

Thomas Struth

Museo del Prado 7, Madrid 2005, 2005

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Conceptual Forms 0026 (Worm Gear), 2002

Andres Serrano

Des Américains II, 2002-­2004

Nan Goldin

Mysty in Sheridan Square, NYC, 1991

Gilbert & George

Devout, 2004

William Eggleston

Dust Bells 2 – Woman Walking on Sidewalk, 1965-­75

Robert Frank

N.Y.C., 1949

Bernd e Hilla Becher

Water Towers 1963-­1988, 2005

Helena Almeida

Eu estou aqui #2, 2005

Hans-Peter Feldman

Two Little Girls, 2004

Christian Boltanski

Lumières (blue pyramid – Claudine), 2000

Paulo Nozolino

Subway, Berlin, 1995