© 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



© 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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