© 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

Blumenprojektion, Herbst (Flower Projection, Autumn), (1998) Peter Fischli David Weiss

| An art intervention of the Sammlung Goetz in the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg

In the context of the interdisciplinary Flower Power Festival — a celebration of the flower in cultural history—the Sammlung Goetz will present the two-channel slide installation, Blumenprojektion, Herbst (1998) by Peter Fischli David Weiss. Presented as an intervention in the Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, the images of flower gardens and vegetable beds created by the Swiss artist duo enter into a dialogue with the floral designs of the resident artisans.

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