Video Still of a beaver in a domestic interior, standing in front of an almost full coffee pot in a filter machine. Doug Aitken, Sammlung Goetz Munich
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, twelve 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


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