© Matthew Barney
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 the 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 the Fine Arts Munich, the Olaf Nicolai class), Dr. Cornelia Gockel (Sammlung Goetz)
CREMASTER 4, 1994/95, 42' min.
CREMASTER 1, 1995/96, 42' 40 min.

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

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


© Imi Knoebel/VG BILD Kunst, Bonn, photo: Thomas Dashuber

Imi Knoebel

Sammlung Goetz

Autumn/Winter 2021

The Sammlung Goetz honors the artist Imi Knoebel on the occasion of his 80th birthday with a retrospective exhibition. The entire spectrum of Knoebel’s artistic oeuvre will be presented, starting with his black and white photographs from the 1960s to his collages made of multicolored paper and his objects cast in concrete and ending with his most recent paintings in acrylic on aluminum. The presentation also includes Knoebel’s geometrical, minimalist works as well as his expressive paintings from the 1980s, which have rarely been shown until now.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten. Works

Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

Autumn/Winter 2021

The American artist Barbara Kasten has created an impressive artistic oeuvre over her career spanning from the 1970s to the present. At the center of Kasten’s work are her abstract, geometric color photographs from the 1980s, which explore the interplay of light and dark and afford new spatial experiences. The Sammlung Goetz, which has extensive holdings of works by Kasten, is mounting the artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe in cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. A selection of the extensive retrospective will be on view in the Sammlung Goetz in Munich.

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