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 nuber 51
in front of the Sammlung Goetz, Oberföhringer Straße 103



© Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen

Au rendez-vous des amis. Classical Modernism in Dialogue with Contemporary Art from the Sammlung Goetz

| Pinakothek der Moderne

With its multitude of new artistic styles Classical Modernism has been a source of inspiration for successive generations of artists. In the early 20th century the avant garde paved the way for a more liberal treatment of colour, line and perspective, and drafted models for the shaping of a new community. A number of artists, however, have critically examined the legacy of Modernism and questioned the treatment of the body, gender, and identity.
These positive and critical impulses are reflected in the new presentation of the 13 rooms of Classical Modernism, in which some 120 works meet 80 contemporary artworks from the Sammlung Goetz. In the process, the presentation of paintings has been widened to include other media such as photography, sculpture and works on paper, as well as textile art, some objects being exhibited for the first time.


© Cyrill Lachauer

Cyrill Lachauer. I am not sea, I am not land

| Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

Cyrill Lachauer (*1979 in Rosenheim, lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles) develops his extensive projects on long journeys, and delves deeply into the local cultures of the places he visits. For the exhibition by the Sammlung Goetz in the former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst, Lachauer has created a new multi-part installation, which includes films, videos, photographs and texts.

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