Wallpaper with pictures in chess pattern
Neues Museum Nürnberg

A Change of Scenery. Artist-designed 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.  

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.


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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Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg. The Experiment


For those who did not get the chance to see the Sammlung Goetz’s presentation of Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg’s installation The Experiment at LOVECRAFT, you can now view it online. In addition to a video tour of the exhibition, viewers will also discover installation views, an interview with Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg and the three full-length stop-motion films Greed, Forest and Cave. Some of the content is also available in simple language and sign language.

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