© Matthew Barney
Filmmuseum München

Matthew Barney: CREMASTER Cycle

"An athlete and an intellectual, a storyteller and simultaneously a sculptor and costume designer with a love of detail – many completely contrasting qualities converge in Matthew Barney." (Ingvild Goetz)

Matthew Barney began working on his monumental CREMASTER cycle, a five-part film project, in 1994. The work is accompanied by sculptures, photographs and drawings. The CREMASTER cycle depicts highly complex levels of action that connect historical and mythical events with architectural concepts and biological models. Not only did Barney write the script and direct the CREMASTER cycle, he always took on one of the leading roles.

Although each film can be viewed as an independent artwork, it simultaneously forms a closed system together with the other parts. 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.

Because the cycle was not produced in chronological order, but is based on a biological model, it can be approached in various manners. By presenting the individual films of the CREMASTER cycle both chronologically as well as numerically, the Filmmuseum allowes viewers to select their desired approach to this work from the Sammlung Goetz holdings.

Chronological presentation:
CREMASTER 4, 1994, und CREMASTER 1, 1995
July 9, 2004, 21.00
CREMASTER 5, 1997, und CREMASTER 2, 1999
July 10, 2004, 21.00
July 11, 2004, 21.00

Numerical presentation:
CREMASTER 1, 1995 und CREMASTER 2, 1999
July 23, 2004, 21.00
July 24, 2004, 21.00
CREMASTER 4, 1994 und CREMASTER 5, 1997
July 25, 2004, 21.00



© 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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