Goetz Collection

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With the commencement of Ingvild Goetz’s collecting activities in the mid-1980s, the Sammlung Goetz holdings now encompass works of several hundred artists – a volume that can no longer be conveyed in a short survey. The collection’s several thousand works, ranging from small drawings to room-filling multipartite installations, from media works for one small monitor to projections of moving images on many projection surfaces distributed over many rooms, extend far beyond the framework of such representation capabilities. The collection’s own archive and exhibitions in cooperation with other museums can offer good, albeit only partial insights. Insofar as the storage situation and conservation restrictions permit, certain works can be made available upon request for academic purposes or research.

Development and Priorities

The focus of Ingvild Goetz’s collecting activities on the respective present has led to the fact that many of the most important artistic developments and questions of the decades both before and after the turn of the millennium are represented in the collection. The Sammlung Goetz promotes art that critically examines the realities of society and their dubious social, political and aesthetic nature. The collection does not attempt to attain an encyclopedic overview based on selected individual works, but rather to pursue, complete and expand on individual artists and holdings over the years. Based on this structural orientation, many significant artists of recent decades are represented in Sammlung Goetz by major and extensive work groups – to an extent that is probably unique in the world.

The media diversity of today’s art and the complexity of preservation requirements were recognized early on. This made it necessary to establish storage with the best possible climatic parameters, storage options that depend on the media type as well as special curatorial care.

Arte Povera

The core of Sammlung Goetz contains works from the early collecting activities of Ingvild Goetz as a galerist in the 1960s and 1970s. These holdings formed the nucleus for further attention to Arte Povera. At the beginning of the 1990s, circa 100 works of artists considered to be in the Arte Povera movement were developed into a comprehensive collection. This corpus was expanded to include documentary photographs on the works. Between 1997 and 1999, both groups of works were presented to the public in a traveling exhibition entitled Arte Povera, Arbeiten und Dokumente aus der Sammlung Goetz, 1958 bis heute (Arte Povera, Works and Documents from Sammlung Goetz, 1967 to the present) in Bremen, Nuremberg, Cologne, Vienna, Gothenburg and Munich. In 2012, the Kunstmuseum Basel will again exhibit these holdings in conjunction with current art-historical discussions on Arte Povera.

Works on Paper

Parallel to the basic holdings, Sammlung Goetz created the foundation for a collection of works on paper. The entire graphic works by Fred Sandback, including unique proofs, and the complete graphics by Blinky Palermo form the starting point for this. These important groups of works were presented as part of the When Now is Minimal exhibition in the graphics vitrine in the Museion in Bozen. Nearly all artists in the collection who work on paper, either in the form of drawings, paintings or graphics, are represented. The graphic collection alone now includes well over 1000 works and contains many multi-part portfolios.

Painting, Sculpture, Installations

In the 1990s, there was great interest in the Young British Artists, with a significant emphasis on women artists. Major work groups by Tracey Emin, Mona Hatoum, Sarah Lucas or Rachel Whiteread are included alongside those by Douglas Gordon or Willie Doherty. Parallel to this, works by American artists – both men and women – are included in the collection. Works by Félix González-Torres, whose portrait of Ingvild Goetz is the only permanently installed work in the collection, Robert Gober, Roni Horn, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Cady Noland, Richard Prince and Andrea Zittel are some of the many artists that might be mentioned in this context.
Emotion – Junge britische und amerikanische Kunst aus der Sammlung Goetz, an exhibition held at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg in 1998/99, documents these developments in Sammlung Goetz. In 2002, Kunsthalle Baden-Baden presented Die Wohltat der Kunst – Postfeministische Position der Neunziger Jahre aus der Sammlung Goetz (The Blessing of Art – Post-Feminist Works from the Nineties from Sammlung Goetz), which concentrated on the holding’s extensive collection of works by women artists.
The complex interplay of different media in the creation and design of individual imagery in current art, with a focus on painting, was the subject of a five-part exhibition series that Sammlung Goetz presented in its own rooms between 2005 and 2007. IMAGINATION BECOMES REALITY Part 1: Expanded Paint Tools, Part 2: Painting Surface Space, Part 3: Talking Pictures, Part 4: Borrowed Images, Part 5: Fantasy and Fiction. In 2007, this exhibition series was summarized in ZKM, Neues Museum under the title Imagination Becomes Reality. Eine Ausstellung zum erweiterten Malereibegriff. (... An Exhibition on the Expanded Concept of Painting). The 20th anniversary exhibition Happy Birthday! 20 Years of The Goetz Collection in 2013 provided a retrospective of the Collection’s early days in the 1980s.
The collection also includes extensive work groups by many other individual artists such as Thomas Schütte, Rosemarie Trockel, Francis Alÿs or Fischli und Weiss, to whom Goetz Collection has also dedicated solo exhibitions. The collection’s diversity can only be hinted at with reference to the large bodies of works by Jonathan Lasker, Caroll Durham, Jessica Stockholder, Yayoi Kusama, Reiner Ruthenbeck or Gerwald Rockenschaub. The exhibition When Now is Minimal was a collaborative undertaking by the Neues Museum in Nuremberg, the Museion in Bozen and the Sammlung Goetz provided an overview of minimalist tendencies in the holdings of the Sammlung Goetz. Recently, artworks from Dadamaino, Carla Accardi, Mario Schifano, Geta Brătescu, Sterling Ruby, Tatiana Trouvé and Seth Price have been acquired.


Photography, which – in addition to its central function as an image-generating tool for news, documentation and advertising – is of course an independent artistic medium, has also become a major focus of Sammlung Goetz. Works by Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Tracey Moffat, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Peter Feldmann and Candida Höfer have joined historical artists such as August Sander, William Eggleston, Diane Arbus or Nan Goldin and have also been also added to, for example, by work groups from Wolfgang Tillmans or Sven Johne.
In 2011, Museum Villa Stuck in Munich presented insights into this collection with the exhibition Street Life and Home Stories – Fotografien aus der Sammlung Goetz.

Media Works

The acquisition of the five-part CREMASTER cycle by Matthew Barney, large video and film installations by Doug Aitken, Stan Douglas or Kutluğ Ataman formed – in addition to many other film and video works – the starting point for intensive concentration on time-based media works. With over 500 video and film works primarily from the late 1990s to the present, Sammlung Goetz has created what must currently be one of the world’s largest collections of this art form.
The ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe has twice presented the overviews fast forward. Media Art Sammlung Goetz (2003) and fast forward 2. The Power of Motion – Media Art Sammlung Goetz (2010).
In 2011, Sammlung Goetz and Munich’s Haus der Kunst began a joint cooperation: Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst. The former air-raid shelter in the museum cellar was adapted for the presentation of film and video works. As of 2011, two exhibitions with media works from the Sammlung Goetz holdings will be presented each year at Haus der Kunst.
On 1/1/2014, Ingvild Goetz donated 375 works of media art to the State of Bavaria. This closed a major gap in the holdings of the Bavarian museums.