© Andrea Zittel, photo: Wilfried Petzi
Sammlung Goetz

Andrea Zittel

I think that the 'desert island' represents our greatest fear and our greatest fantasy. Due to the complexity and contradictions of our needs, I feel compelled to create a complex of works that explores and appeals to these needs." (Andrea Zittel)

Andrea Zittel's artistic career began with the design of space-saving furniture for the cramped quarters in New York apartments, which thus fulfills their needs. While searching for organization systems for all areas of life, she sees herself as both a researcher and a test person. The American artist thus observes herself and her daily routines and subjects herself to experiments in order to find out how a living environment and property can change a person's views and behavior.
With living units, from the beginning of the 1990s, she began designing small, compact units for rationalizing and structuring daily activities. These included areas for eating, sleeping, washing, storage and social activities.
As demand developed for her life management models, Zittel founded A–Z Administrative Services, which united conceptual organization, office, store, lab and housing. In addition to her stationary living structures, which include pieces of clothing and carpets, she also designs mobile living arrangements that focus on the dream of freedom.

The works shown in the Sammlung Goetz exhibit give viewers a comprehensive look at the production of A–Z Administrative Services. Zittel developed her own color scheme for the gallery rooms. Especially for this exhibition, the artist created the work A-Z Cellular Compartment Units customized by Goetz Collection (2002). During the design of this living unit with six compartments, the artist derived inspiration from the architecture of the building designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The interior design and thus the function of the unit were created in close collaboration with the collector. In accordance with the latter's wishes and her provision of certain furnishings, the Cellular Compartment Units are infused by an atmosphere of Zen Buddhism.

Andrea Zittel

151 pages, 86 ill., hardcover
German/English
2003, Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, Hamburg
ISBN 3-9808063-2-4
€ 10,00

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Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled", 1992

An exhibition project by the Sammlung Goetz in public space

The black-and-white photograph "Untitled" (1992) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in which a figure’s ghostly shadow is captured on a billowing curtain, is part of the artist’s billboard series. The concept behind the work is that the owner produces the image as a public poster. Regardless of how often it is printed, it is always unique. In the context of Munich’s Various Others project, the Sammlung Goetz is presenting "Untitled" (1992) on five billboards in around the city and in front of its own exhibition building in Munich.

 

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Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

Cyrill Lachauer (*1979 in Rosenheim, lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles) develops his extensive projects on long journeys, and delves deeply into the local cultures of the places he visits. For the exhibition by the Sammlung Goetz in the former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst, Lachauer has created a new multi-part installation, which includes films, videos, photographs and texts.

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