© Doug Aitken, photo: Wilfired Petzi
Sammlung Goetz | Projection on the outer wall

Doug Aitken: migration (empire) – linear version, 2008

Doug Aitken’s migration (empire) is a surreal encounter between nature, represented by typical American wildlife, and civilisation, represented by motels and industrial landscapes. The film sublimely evokes the fragility of the American myth of individual freedom that the vast open spaces of the magnificent landscape seem to promise, in the face of constant expansion and transformation.

In the cinematic orchestration of migration (empire) various wild animals wander through bizarrely deserted North American motels. Mustangs, buffaloes, pumas, raccoons, eagles and owls enter terrain that is normally reserved for people. These uncanny motel settings, eerily reminiscent of David Lynch’s film Lost Highway, are placed against an almost surreal backdrop at the edge of huge oilfields. Yet there is no clash between base animal instinct and civilised human culture, but merely a cautious attempt to make contact. The animals move – some timidly, others curiously – through the empty, well-tended bedrooms. Although people are nowhere to be seen, there is a mysterious sense of their presence. Switched-on televisions, coffee machines and lamps as well as running taps betray at least some temporary human habitation of the rooms. The images in migration (empire) are underscored by the constant sound of running or dripping water. Aitken portrays the wild animals in the sterility of the motel rooms as sublime creatures in a diffuse, bright light. Their fur, feathers or eyes are shown in detailed close-ups. In migration (empire) a dynamic is generated that is at once meditative and powerful – and utterly entrancing.


© 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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