Black and white photograph of four women holding number balloons
AkademieGalerie, München

Jianling Zhang. Media Art Award 2023

Jianling Zhang, a graduate of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, has been selected to receive the Media Art Arward 2023 of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz for her project proposal, The First and Final girl. The prize is acknowledged with 5,000 euros and linked to an exhibition in the AkademieGalerie.


Researching into the history and formation of monstrous femininity and reproductive powers in horror films, Zhang looks into parthenogenetic motherhood: the mother who has the power of reproduction beyond male control. Wrapped in shifting tempo-spatial coordinates, the ghostly belly evokes different associations: would it be a miracle of life, a coffin of an unborn child, a satanic entity or a host of post/transhuman? In contrast to a typical Hollywood “Final Girl”, the characters seem to be haunted by pregnancy itself, entangled with other forms of being.

The Media Art Award of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz is a cooperation between the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and the Sammlung Goetz. The prize is to be awarded annually for an initial period of three years and is bestowed on younger artists active in the field of media art in order to help support the creation of new works and strengthen their public perception.

Opening weekend during Various Others

3 channel black and white video projection on wall

Q & A with Jianling Zhang

What if women had the ability to reproduce without a partner? A horror vision? Or a paradise without men? Chinese artist Jianling Zhang explored this question in her installation. In our Q & A she reports on the genesis of the cinematic project

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Current exhibitions

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg. The Experiment

| Sammlung Goetz x LOVECRAFT

Temporarily closed until probably October 4

The Sammlung Goetz has a new exhibition venue in the heart of Munich. In the former Kaufhof department store at Stachus, which currently houses the interim use project LOVECRAFT, the Sammlung Goetz will occupy an area of around 2000 square meters in the basement, thus serving as a temporary alternative venue for the exhibition building in Oberföhring, which is closed for renovation. The artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg will inaugurate this new space with the expansive multimedia installation The Experiment.


(Not) A Doll’s House. Traditional Roles and Brand-New Images

| Münchner Stadtmuseum

The Puppet Theater / Fairground Attraction Collection was a Münchner Stadtmuseum permanent exhibition on puppeteering history for over 30 years during which time it penned its own chapter for the annals of history. “(Not) A Doll’s House. Traditional Roles and Brand-New Images” is the result of interdisciplinary cooperation with the Sammlung Goetz and the Münchner Stadtmuseum Photography Collection. With the impending refurbishment and temporary close-down of the museum, it has seized the opportunity to stimulate a dialog between the museum’s collections and contemporary artworks.

Further Exhibitions

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