The film still from the Cremaster series shows a blonde woman with pale make-up sitting under a table with a white tablecloth. She is wearing a white negligee with a light-coloured garter belt, has her legs spread out in front of her and covers her crotch, but looks challengingly towards the camera. Dark grapes are arranged in front of her as a symbol. Matthew Barney, Sammlung Goetz Munich
HFF Munich

Matthew Barney: CREMASTER Cycle

In his five-part CREMASTER Cycle, Matthew Barney takes the viewer on a long journey featuring fairytale-like imagery. He produced these films – and the corresponding display cases – between 1994 and 2002, not in numerical order, however. The CREMASTER Cycle is the American artist's most famous work. In it, he processes historical events, myths, sagas and personal memories into intoxicating sequences of images.

The title refers to the cremaster muscle, which is responsible for raising and lowering the testes. This action is not controlled voluntarily, but influenced by external stimuli. Barney's films deal with questions of biological and psychological processes of creation. Beginning with his experiences as an athlete, he pursues the idea that something can only take on form when confronted by resistance.

The screening of the five-part CREMASTER Cycle is a joint project between Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Haus der Kunst, HFF Munich and Sammlung Goetz. This side event on the occasion of the exhibition Matthew Barney: River of Fundament in Haus der Kunst was organized by the class of Olaf Nicolai at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and will be held at HFF Munich.



Matthew Barney: CREMASTER 1-5

Audimax of HFF Munich
Bernd-Eichinger-Platz 1, 80333 Munich

Tuesday, 6/3/2014, 7:00 p.m.
Welcome: Nora Ahrens (HFF Munich), Jonas Münch (Academy of Fine Arts Munich, the Olaf Nicolai class), Dr. Cornelia Gockel (Sammlung Goetz)
CREMASTER 4, 1994/95, 42'
CREMASTER 1, 1995/96, 42' 40''

Wednesday 6/4/2014, 7:00 p.m.
Introduction: Dr. Thomas Girst, Munich
CREMASTER 5, 1997, 54' 30''
CREMASTER 2, 1999, 79' 

Thursday 6/5/2014, 7:00 p.m.
Introduction: Dr. Eva Wruck, Bochum
CREMASTER 3, 2002, 181' 59''


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.

Encounters. Artistic perspectives on cinema

| Deutsches Theatermuseum München

In the context of the Munich Film Festival and in cooperation with the Deutsches Theatermuseum, the Sammlung Goetz will present films by artists who explore aesthetic strategies of cinema. Through the use of innovative techniques and experimental narrative forms, the works on view offer a multi-layered reflection on film as a medium. So viewers can experience the full scope of artistic perspectives, an extensive, changing program has been created and will be shown in a specially designed cinema on the upper floor of the Deutsches Theatermuseum. A reading lounge in the foyer invites visitors to discover more about the exhibited artistic positions.

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