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Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich

Elmgreen & Dragset: „Silent wishes and broken dreams ...“

The potential for exciting and thought-provoking dialogue between theatre and fine art is amply demonstrated by the theatrical-performative installations by Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset. The groups of works they presented in the Bayerische Staatsoper responded in various ways to the opera’s 2010/2011 season theme of “unfreely free” while at the same time forging a bridge between the institution of theatre and real life.

The exhibition showed theatrical sets involving exaggerated reiterations of scenes of human activity in all their complexity. In this respect, the Bayerische Staatsoper proved, in many ways, an enhancing environment for the works by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset from the Sammlung Goetz. The works entered into a dialogue with the public as well as with the historical architecture of the operahouse, vividly symbolising the role that opera still plays even today as a mirror of human desires and the universal questions of love, jealously and social convention. It is, above all, the way they address the opposite poles of the private and the public, and their analyses of sociological structures and conflicts, that lend the work of Elmgreen & Dragset its potent social relevance, making it positively predestined for such an unusual form of presentation in a public but non-museum context. Coinciding with this exhibition, films by Elmgreen & Dragset as well as Laurie Simmons were screened at Pavillon 21 MINI Opera Space – a Bayerische Staatsoper’s temporary mobile performance venue.

The exhibition was a joint project of Bayerische Staatsoper, Museum Villa Stuck and the Sammlung Goetz. It was curated by Verena Hein und Karsten Löckemann.


© 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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