© Mario Merz/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn, photo: Barbara Deller-Leppert

Arte Povera. Works and documents from Sammlung Goetz 1958 to the present

| Part 1, Sammlung Goetz

| Part 2, Sammlung Goetz

Works of Arte Povera formed the start of Ingvild Goetz's intensive collecting activities; they remain one of the collection's main focuses today. The exhibition Arte Povera. Works and documents from Sammlung Goetz 1958 to the present confirms the relevance and importance of these works for our age.

With Giovanni Anselmo, Alighiero Boetti, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Luciano Fabro, Jannis Kounellis, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, Pino Pascali, Giuseppe Penone, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Emilio Prini and Gilberto Zorio.

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. Sammlung Goetz holds one of the most important and extensive collections of this art movement, including early, typical and key works as well as work groups. It also contains an archive with photographs and documents about actions and exhibitions.

As a gallery owner, Ingvild Goetz has displayed artists of the Arte Povera movement since the mid-1970s. "I liked the unconventional methods of these artists in conveying their work. In addition, they reflected the European zeitgeist," she says, explaining her interest in this art. "Earlier, artists had gotten away from the canvas. But the real break came with Arte Povera".

The two-part exhibition Arte Povera in Sammlung Goetz is the grand finale of an international tour that began in 1997 in the Neues Museum Weserburg in Bremen.


Part 1: Works from 1958 to 1972 | July 23 – December 18, 1999

Part 2: Works from1973 to the present | January 24 – May 20, 2000


Previous exhibition dates:

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

Arte Povera. Arbeiten und Dokumente aus der Sammlung Goetz 1958 bis heute

246 pages, 256 ill., hardcover
1997, Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, Hamburg
ISBN 3-9805267-2-0
€ 24,60

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© Felix Gonzalez-Torres

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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Cyrill Lachauer. I am not sea, I am not land

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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