At the end of the 1960s, young Italian artists in Turin and Milan began to work with objects that were foreign to art, ephemeral and simple or everyday materials. The term 'Arte Povera' was coined by art critic Germano Celant, who organized a group exhibition in 1967 in Genoa under the title Arte Povera e IM Spazio.
Works of Arte Povera formed the start of Ingvild Goetz's intensive collecting activities; they remain one of the collection's main focuses. Ingvild Goetz had even started exhibiting artists from this direction in the 1970s, during her activities as a gallery owner. "I liked the unconventional methods of these artists in conveying their work. In addition, they reflected the European zeitgeist", she says, explaining her interest. "Earlier, artists had gotten away from the canvas. But the real break came with Arte Povera".
The Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen is the first stop of this international traveling exhibition tour, which will end in 1999-2000 with a large two-part finale in Sammlung Goetz.
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen
June 22 – September 7, 1997
Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg
October 2 – December 7, 1997
Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne
February 14 – April 26, 1998
Museum für moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
June 19 – August 30, 1998
Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenborg
September 19 – October 31, 1998
Part 1: Works from 1958 to 1972, July 23 – December 18, 1999
Part 2: Works from 1973 to the present, January 24 – May 20, 2000