© Andy Hope 1930, photo: Roman März
Sammlung Goetz

Andy Hope 1930

Andy Hope 1930, as Andreas Hofer has called himself since 2010, creates autonomous and uniquely atmospheric spaces within the framework of museum architecture. He has developed a complex iconography that combines various strands of fictional and imaginary narratives. This is an artist who confronts modernism, its spectres and signs, with the detritus of history, elements of the present, and a fantastical future. The result is what the artist describes as “labyrinthine infinity“.

Andy Hope 1930 draws his inspiration from a number of sources, including the world of comic strips. However, rather than appropriating them in Pop Art style, he embellishes the figures, stories and landscapes. His eclectic approach involves overpainting, collage and cut-outs. In his works, extinct primordial monsters, SS thugs, flying superheroes, heroically battling warriors and aliens all meet. Exploring art history, especially the works of Edvard Munch and Kasimir Malevich, is as important to him as exploring the Hollywood classics of the 1930s onwards, including trashy B-movies and sci-fi films. Hedy Lamarr, Frances Farmer, Veronica Lake, John Wayne and Charles Manson play as much a role in his work as Spiderman and Batman.
The artist created a new installation Infinity Crisis (2009) specially for his exhibition at the Sammlung Goetz: a wallpaper patterned with multiple repeat reproductions of motifs from several paintings on display, like a futuristic sci-fi cabinet, covered the walls, so that only on second glance did the viewer notice that the original paintings themselves were also hanging there. With this visually confusing effect addressing the issue of original and reproduction, the exhibition itself was transformed into a blend of fiction and reality.

Andreas Hofer
Andy Hope 1930

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

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© 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.

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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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