© the artists/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn, photo: Margarita Platis, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen
Pinakothek der Moderne

Au rendez-vous des amis. Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz

With its multitude of new artistic styles Classical Modernism has been a source of inspiration for successive generations of artists. In the early 20th century the avant garde paved the way for a more liberal treatment of colour, line and perspective, and drafted models for the shaping of a new community. A number of artists, however, have critically examined the legacy of Modernism and questioned the treatment of the body, gender, and identity.
These positive and critical impulses are reflected in the new presentation of the 13 rooms of Classical Modernism, in which some 120 works meet 80 contemporary artworks from the Sammlung Goetz. In the process, the presentation of paintings has been widened to include other media such as photography, sculpture and works on paper, as well as textile art, some objects being exhibited for the first time.


Pinakothek der Moderne

Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 20.00

Due to current COVID 19 restrictions, visits are only possible after booking an appointment in advance and providing contact details. Please observe the hygiene and contact regulations on site.

The halls 1-13 and 15 will be closed from 19.07.2021 due to the remodelling work for the second part of "Au rendez-vous des amis". The rooms will gradually reopen until 05.08.2021 at the latest. We ask for your understanding.

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Like the Expressionists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, artists such as Louise Bourgeois and Huma Bhabha draw on sculpture from Oceania and Africa for inspiration while their focus on the body is from a female perspective. Picasso’s Cubist formal vocabulary, on the other hand, continues to be a stimulus for creative innovations in contemporary art as demonstrated by the sculptures and paintings of Aaron Curry and Tobias Pils. ‘New Objectivity’ painters such as Karl Hubbuch and George Grosz present the ‘new woman’ of the 1920s and Sarah Lucas picks up their self-confident play with expectations placed on the role of the female in her provocative photographic self-portraits. Two rooms devoted to Abstraction underline how the reformist utopias and Constructivist ideas of the Bauhaus, represented by Oskar Schlemmer, Lásló Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers, continue to resound in the works of artist such as Andrea Zittel, Rosemarie Trockel, Gerwald Rockenschaub and Katja Strunz.

Curated by Oliver Kase and Karsten Löckemann

With the kind support of PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V. as well as the Herbert-Schuchardt-Foundation, München and the Kunststiftung Ingvild und Stephan Goetz.


Au rendez-vous des amis. Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz

176 pages, 100 ill., hardcover
2021, Hirmer Verlag, Munich
ISBN 978-3-7774-3766-8
€ 29,90

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With Josef Albers, Paweł Althamer, Alexander Archipenko, Hans Arp, Francis Bacon, Mária Bartuszová, Willi Baumeister, Max Beckmann, Rudolf Belling, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Lovis Corinth, Aaron Curry, Salvador Dalí, Otto Dix, César Domela, Stan Douglas, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Max Ernst, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Otto Freundlich, Günter Fruhtrunk, Rodney Graham, George Grosz, Carl Grossberg, Hans Hartung, Erich Heckel, Karl Hubbuch, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexander Kanoldt, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Helmut Kolle, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Jonathan Lasker, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Sherrie Levine, Sarah Lucas, August Macke, René Magritte, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Takesada Matsutani, Joan Miró, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Henry Moore, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Mueller, Emil Nolde, Paulina Olowska, Manfred Pernice, Pablo Picasso, Tobias Pils, Tal R, Anton Räderscheidt, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Wilhelm Sasnal, Franz Radziwill, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Christian Rohlfs, Christian Rosa, Christian Schad, Oskar Schlemmer, Thomas Schütte, Johanna Schütz-Wolff, George Segal, Katja Strunz, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Rosemarie Trockel, Friedrich Vordemberge-Gildewart, Gilian Wearing, Theodor und Woty Werner, Fritz Winter, A. O. Wols, Thomas Zipp and Andrea Zittel.

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Pinakothek der Moderne
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Media partner


Art and Music

With the two-part film project dedicated to art and music, the Rendez-vous des amis is supplemented by an additional partner. The exhibition’s curators, Oliver Kase (Sammlung Moderne Kunst) and Karsten Löckemann (Sammlung Goetz), invited the opera singer Anton Leiss-Huber to musically engage with the presentation. Inspired by the works of classical modernism and contemporary art, Leiss-Huber selected popular pieces of music from the 1920s and 1930s composed by Ralph Benatzky. Accompanied by Julian Schwarz (accordion) and Johannes Stern (double bass), the singer interacts with the artworks.

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STILL LIFE. Photographs from the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation and from the Sammlung Goetz

The dialogue between different collections in the Pinakothek der Moderne continues with the presentation of still life photographs from the Ann and Jürgen Wilde Foundation and the Sammlung Goetz.

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Still life with sea urchin skeletons, glasses, bottles and sheets of paper on a windowsill. Wolfgang Tillmans, Sammlung Goetz, Munich

Upcoming exhibitions

© 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.

© Barbara Kasten

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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