© Hans Op de Beeck/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz

Hans Op de Beeck. Quiet Scenery and Wandering Extras

One of the central themes of Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck’s œuvre is the game of illusion. His installations, videos, sculptures and drawings that are held by Sammlung Goetz transport the viewer into an imaginary world that blends reality and fiction.

Visual artist, stage designer or director? Hans Op de Beeck cannot be limited to a single genre. He is a virtuoso in all art forms and creates scenarios that draw the observer into the action. For the exhibition in Sammlung Goetz, he developed a local production using his own holdings in the collection. Like pearls on a string, these unfold into an entire story as the viewer proceeds through the individual rooms. Because Op de Beeck provides space for a wide range of associations, the plot is consciously left open. The viewer can immerse himself into these and add his own experiences and memories.

The artist, born in 1969 in Brussels, became known for his walk-in atmospheric environments. “I like it when viewers have their own individual physical experiences, for example when proportions are skewed,” he explained in an interview. Ingvild Goetz has collected all types of the artist’s work, in all of its media diversity. The exhibition provides an overview of Op de Beeck’s artwork over the last 15 years, including video installations from the 1990s, sculptures and works on paper and his large environments. His still lifes and interiors, which enter into dialogue with the architecture of the building – once planned as a private museum – form a main focus of the exhibition.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann

Hans Op de Beeck. Quiet Scenery and Wandering Extras

112 pages, 50 ill., softcover
2014, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-3839-2
€ 25,00

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© Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled", 1992

An exhibition project by the Sammlung Goetz in public space

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.


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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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