© Sam Taylor-Johnson/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

At Night. Between Dream and Reality

The night has a magical quality. For most, it is the time when people come to rest, when they retire to their homes to sleep. But there are also the restless ones, the sleepwalkers, the night owls and criminals. Many of these are looking for something or for themselves.

Works by Christoph Brech, Olaf Breuning, Janet Cardiff / George Bures Miller, Thomas Demand, Stan Douglas, Ed van der Elsken, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Jochen Kuhn, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Hans Op de Beeck, Clement Page, Paul Pfeiffer and Andro Wekua.

In 14 stations, the exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the night, that time between dreams and reality. On display are films, videos, installations and photographs from the Sammlung Goetz that reflect the different facets of a nightly foray. Viewers immerse themselves in the dream worlds of the artists and into a setting akin to a spy movie. They witness nocturnal escapades, a contract killing and a fateful encounter between two people. Many of the works in the exhibition are based on motifs as diverse as the Romantic period, insights from psychoanalysis, film noir movies or the Bible. The night has always had a special significance in cultural history and science. Through their artistic approach, technical implementation or content-related interpretation, the works convey a novel, often surprising perspective of the well-known theme. Similar to an episodic film, the journey through the rooms spans an arc from moonrise to sunrise, because the darkest hour of the night also leads to the dawn of a new day.

Curated by Cornelia Gockel


© Imi Knoebel/VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, photo: Johannes Haslinger

Imi Knoebel

Sammlung Goetz

Spring 2022

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.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten. Works

Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

Spring 2022

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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