© Doug Aitken
Museum Folkwang, Essen

12 Months/12 Films. Explorations in Space

The joint exhibition of the Goetz Collection and the Museum Folkwang takes us on a journey through time and space. Over the course of a year, in monthly rotation, 12 videos and films by major contemporary artists from the Goetz Collection will be presented in the museum’s film room.

With Doug Aitken, Francis Alÿs, Ed Atkins, Hans Op de Beeck, Stan Douglas, Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler, Jesper Just, William Kentridge, Mark Leckey, Sarah Morris, Nira Pereg und Liang Zhao.

Concepts of space are as varied as the term itself. The twelve artists gathered in the exhibition at the Museum Folkwang are not primarily interested in defining physical space. In their videos and films they instead question the function of rooms, explore their limits, crossing these, and create new spaces that are beyond the classical concept of space and time.

The starting point is often the urban space, as in the works of Nira Pereg, Sarah Morris and Francis Alÿs, but here it is a symbol of social and socio-political conflicts. In a theatrical installation, Hans Op de Beeck briefly animates built spaces in a model. In Paris Green, Ed Atkins explores the influence of media images on our conception of space.
In the work of Jesper Just dream, reality and memory come together and create a fictional place that reflects the complex inner feelings of his protagonist. The exhibition 12 Months / 12 Films - Explorations in Space at the Museum Folkwang is designed as a journey that leads to particular places and spaces beyond the traditional notions of space.

Curated by Cornelia Gockel, Mario-Andreas von Lüttichau und Marcel Schumacher


© Imi Knoebel/VG BILD Kunst, Bonn, photo: Thomas Dashuber

Imi Knoebel

Sammlung Goetz

Autumn/Winter 2021

The Sammlung Goetz honors the artist Imi Knoebel on the occasion of his 80th birthday with a retrospective exhibition. The entire spectrum of Knoebel’s artistic oeuvre will be presented, starting with his black and white photographs from the 1960s to his collages made of multicolored paper and his objects cast in concrete and ending with his most recent paintings in acrylic on aluminum. The presentation also includes Knoebel’s geometrical, minimalist works as well as his expressive paintings from the 1980s, which have rarely been shown until now.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten. Works

Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

Autumn/Winter 2021

The American artist Barbara Kasten has created an impressive artistic oeuvre over her career spanning from the 1970s to the present. At the center of Kasten’s work are her abstract, geometric color photographs from the 1980s, which explore the interplay of light and dark and afford new spatial experiences. The Sammlung Goetz, which has extensive holdings of works by Kasten, is mounting the artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. A selection of the extensive retrospective will be on view in the Sammlung Goetz in Munich.

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