© David Claerbout/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz at Haus der Kunst

Aschemünder

The Aschemünder exhibition marked the start of a collaboration between the Sammlung Goetz and Haus der Kunst. Until 2014, a twice-yearly changing selection of film and media art from the Sammlung Goetz had been shown in 13 cabinet-style rooms in the basement air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst. The first exhibition, Aschemünder, explored a theme that echoes the original purpose of the rooms themselves. The selected films address wartime experiences and the effects of war from the viewpoint of individual civilian survivors as well as from a military point of view.

With Hans Op de Beeck, David Claerbout, Willie Doherty, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Mona Hatoum, Sven Johne, William Kentridge, Tracey Moffatt, Óscar Muñoz, Marcel Odenbach, Anri Sala, Sam Talor-Wood and Zhou Hongxiang.

The works selected are not clearly divided into films about perpetrators on the one hand and victims on the other. Several of the films show survivors whose faces are marked by their experiences or deeds, as in Juan Manuel Echavarría’s Bocas de Ceniza, in which the protagonists relate their memories of a Colombian massacre in recitative chants that they have composed themselves. In Anri Sala’s Nocturnes, a former sniper spends his nights playing war games on a PlayStation – unable to sleep because he constantly sees the face of his first victim in his mind’s eye. In Marcel Odenbach’s In stillen Teichen lauern Krokodile Rwandan villagers try to rebuild their lives as farmers in the wake of the genocide committed against the Tutsi by the Hutu.
In the films by Mona Hatoum and Tracey Moffatt, war and displacement form the traumatic background of everyday family life. Both films have autobiographical elements, with the bond between mother and child playing a central role. The works by William Kentridge, David Claerbout and Hans Op de Beeck focus on the destructive impact of war on the environment. Óscar Muñoz and Sam Taylor-Wood, in their works Biografías and Still Life, respectively, create a memento mori; a reminder of theuniversal transience of life.

Aschemünder.
Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst

117 pages, 297 ill., softcover
German/English
2011, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-2974-1
€ 10,00

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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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