© Felix Gonzalez-Torres, photo: Thomas Dashuber
An exhibition project by the Sammlung Goetz in public space

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled", 1992

The black-and-white photograph "Untitled" (1992) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in which a figure’s ghostly shadow is captured on a billowing curtain, is part of the artist’s billboard series. The concept behind the work is that the owner produces the image as a public poster. Regardless of how often it is printed, it is always unique. In the context of Munich’s Various Others project, the Sammlung Goetz is presenting "Untitled" (1992) on five billboards in around the city and in front of its own exhibition building in Munich.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres explored death and transience in a poetic manner in his work. He also used his art as a way to process his own personal experiences, including the loss of his life partner through AIDS and the death of his own father. Gonzalez-Torres himself contracted HIV and died at the age of 38.

Born in Cuba in 1957, the artist became known for his installation works such as the piling up of candies wrapped in colored cellophane and stacks of printed posters in the exhibition space. These minimalist sculptures consisting of everyday objects also have a participatory quality, as the viewer is summoned to use or consume them until the piles or stacks disappeared. Thus, the works also serve as a metaphor for the transience of human existence.

The reciprocal permeation of the private and public realms is characteristic of the artist’s work. This approach is evident above all in his poster campaigns in urban space, a series he began in 1991. That same year, his partner died of AIDS; in tribute, Gonzalez-Torres presented a photograph of the couple’s unmade bed on twenty-four giant billboards throughout New York City.

Ingvild Goetz, who began collecting the artist’s work early on, presented Gonzalez-Torres in 1995 in a double exhibition with Roni Horn. Torres also created a portrait for her in the form of a minimalist typeface. It is one of the few permanently exhibited works in the Sammlung Goetz exhibition building; it is currently not accessible because of the ongoing renovation work.

Locations of the work on public billboards in Munich
Auenstraße opposite number 58
Blumenstraße / Pestalozzistraße
Marienplatz / Marienhof lower level exit Dienerstraße
Odeonsplatz / connecting corridor U 6/5
Elisabethstraße opposite number 51
and
in front of the Sammlung Goetz, Oberföhringer Straße 103

 

Upcoming

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

Imi Knoebel

| Sammlung Goetz

With a retrospective exhibition, the Sammlung Goetz will honor the artist Imi Knoebel, who developed his own minimalist and conceptual formal vocabulary. The entire breadth of Knoebel’s artistic output—from the black-and-white photographs of the 1960s to the fiberboard paintings and objects made of cast concrete and finally his most recent acrylic paintings on aluminum—will be on view. The presentation includes not only the artist’s geometric and minimalist works, but also his rarely exhibited expressive paintings from the 1980s.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten

| Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

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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