Wallpaper with pictures in chess pattern
Neues Museum Nürnberg

A Change of Scenery. Artists' Wallpapers from the Sammlung Goetz

The collaborative project between the Sammlung Goetz and the Neues Museum Nürnberg offers an exciting interplay between interior and exterior space. In the museum’s six façade rooms, the two institutions present wallpapers designed by artists represented in the Sammlung Goetz. Most of the works were created in the context of earlier large-scale installations and have now been adapted to the new space in Nuremberg.

With Martin Boyce, Robert Gober, Rodney Graham, Andy Hope 1930, Abigail Lane and Sarah Lucas.  

Neues Museum Nürnberg, Facade

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Designing interiors with wallpaper has a long cultural and historical tradition originating in the Orient. From the 14th century onwards, aristocrats and wealthy citizens in Europe decorated their walls with ornamental fabric wallpaper made of velvet brocade and damask as well as gold-embossed leather wallpaper. Paper wallpaper was exported from China beginning in the 16th century, and it quickly became popular in Europe as it allowed people to create “a change of scenery.” Initially, these wallpapers consisted of handmade sheets of paper, which were glued together and printed. Later, with the invention of serially printed paper wallpapers in the 18th century, this form of wall design also became affordable for the general public.

Although numerous artists—from Art Nouveau, the Bauhaus and Pop Art to those working today— have designed wallpaper, artists’ wallpaper has received little attention as an art form in its own right. The exhibition A Change of Scenery. Artists' wallpapers from the Sammlung Goetz gives viewers the opportunity to experience six different wallpaper designs by Martin Boyce, Robert Gober, Rodney Graham, Andy Hope 1930, Abigail Lane and Sarah Lucas from the period 1989-2009 with a surprising perspective. The remarkable façade of the Neues Museum allow a comparative view of the artistic positions from outside through the glass façade.

A cooperation between Neues Museum Nürnberg and Sammlung Goetz

Curator: Karsten Löckemann (Sammlung Goetz)
Curatorial assistance: Pietro Tondello (Sammlung Goetz)


Free web app for the exhibition

The Sammlung Goetz has developed a digital guide for the collaborative exhibition. Find out more about the exhibited works, read interviews with all the artists and discover exciting archive and comparison material.

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Accompanying program

Neues Museum Nürnberg

Curator tour

Through the exhibition "change of scenery" with Pietro Tondello, assistant curator of Sammlung Goetz

Rodney Graham

184 pages, 92 ill., hardcover
2015, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-4082-1
€ 30,00

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Andreas Hofer
Andy Hope 1930

192 pages, 197 ill., softcover
2009, Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, Hamburg
ISBN 978-3-939894-13-1
€ 25,00

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Young British and American Art from the Goetz Collection

198 pages, 98 ill., hardcover
1998, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 3-89322-439-4
€ 20,00

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Gutai. Collection + Goetz

| Pinakothek der Moderne | Sammlung Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Collection)

Since 2019, in the context of the Sammlung+ format, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst has presented artistic discoveries, new acquisitions and thematic foci in the Pinakothek der Moderne in collaboration with partners and foundations. This has led to the emergence of new perspectives on the collections, new insights into research work and the establishment of new dialogues. It is in this framework that a selection of paintings by the Japanese artist group Gutai from the Sammlung Goetz will be presented in room 23, within a series of rooms focusing on near-contemporaneous regional and German abstraction phenomena under the title “Walk the Line.”  Founded in 1954 by the abstract painter Jiro Yoshihara, Gutai was one of the 20th century’s most innovative artistic movements, which combined action, abstraction and materiality.

Encounters. Artistic perspectives on cinema

| Deutsches Theatermuseum München

In the context of the Munich Film Festival and in cooperation with the Deutsches Theatermuseum, the Sammlung Goetz will present films by artists who explore aesthetic strategies of cinema. Through the use of innovative techniques and experimental narrative forms, the works on view offer a multi-layered reflection on film as a medium. So viewers can experience the full scope of artistic perspectives, an extensive, changing program has been created and will be shown in a specially designed cinema on the upper floor of the Deutsches Theatermuseum. A reading lounge in the foyer invites visitors to discover more about the exhibited artistic positions.

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