© Nathalie Djurberg/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

Broken. Slapstick, Comedy and Black Humor

Humor is when you laugh anyway. But how far can you go if the feelings of others are hurt? This exhibition in Haus der Kunst with works from Sammlung Goetz focuses on this conflict.

With Pawel Althamer, Francis Alÿs, John Bock, Olaf Breuning, Nathalie Djurberg, Peter Fischli & David Weiss, Rodney Graham, Mike Kelley, Jochen Kuhn, Mirko Martin, Aernout Mik, Tony Oursler, Paul Pfeiffer, Robin Rhode and Julian Rosefeldt.

'Schadenfreude' is profoundly human. Sigmund Freud himself described the release that humor could cause. In the film and entertainment industry, the popular genres of slapstick, comedy and black humor have developed because they enable us to laugh over the mishaps of others.

The seventh exhibition in Haus der Kunst will present 15 works of media art from Sammlung Goetz that explore this border and at times consciously exceed it. The title of the exhibition, Broken refers to the video installation of the same name by Tony Oursler. It shows a male doll whose head is stuck between two chairs. Although the body is only indicated by plaid fabric, the situation seems very real because the facial expressions projected onto the doll's face are those of a living person.

Can we still laugh about this or not? Many of the works in this exhibition raise just this question. Often, all laughter sticks in the viewer's throat and turns into dismay or compassion upon seeing other people be humiliated or harmed.

The international KunstFilmBiennale KINO DER KUNST took place in Munich from April 22 to 26, 2015. Therefore, the exhibition Broken. Slapstick, Comedy and Black Humor with media art from the Sammlung Goetz was extended. Unfortunately, the eponymous work Broken by Tony Oursler was no longer available, because of its inclusion in another exhibition project. Presented in its place was Jochen Kuhn's film, Sunday 3 (2012).

Curated by Ingvild Goetz und Cornelia Gockel


© 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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