The film still from the Cremaster series shows a blonde, pale made-up woman sitting under a table with a white tablecloth. She is wearing a white negligee with light-coloured suspenders, has her legs spread out in front of her and covers her crotch, but looks defiantly towards the camera. Dark grapes are arranged in front of her as a symbol.
Filmmuseum München

Matthew Barney: CREMASTER 4 und 1

Matthew Barney's opulent five-part CREMASTER cycle handles the subject of biological and psychological processes of creation.

The American artist has worked on the production of this monumental film series since 1994. It depicts highly complex levels of action that connect historical and mythical events with architectural concepts and biological models. The cycle does not begin in chronological order, but with CREMASTER 4 (1994), followed by CREMASTER 1 (1995). Not only did Barney write the script and direct the CREMASTER cycle, he always took on one of the leading roles.
The title refers to the Latin term for the cremaster muscle, which raises and lowers the testes. In response to external stimuli, this muscle causes a contraction that cannot be deliberately influenced.

Although every film can be viewed as an independent artwork, each is simultaneously part of a closed cycle consisting of the remaining films. In cooperation with Sammlung Goetz, the Filmmuseum is showing the first two parts from the CREMASTER cycle.


Gutai. Collection + Goetz

| Pinakothek der Moderne | Sammlung Moderne Kunst (Modern Art Collection)

Since 2019, in the context of the Sammlung+ format, the Sammlung Moderne Kunst has presented artistic discoveries, new acquisitions and thematic foci in the Pinakothek der Moderne in collaboration with partners and foundations. This has led to the emergence of new perspectives on the collections, new insights into research work and the establishment of new dialogues. It is in this framework that a selection of paintings by the Japanese artist group Gutai from the Sammlung Goetz will be presented in room 23, within a series of rooms focusing on near-contemporaneous regional and German abstraction phenomena under the title “Walk the Line.”  Founded in 1954 by the abstract painter Jiro Yoshihara, Gutai was one of the 20th century’s most innovative artistic movements, which combined action, abstraction and materiality.

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