© Michael Buthe/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz

Michael Buthe and Ingvild Goetz. A friendship

Michael Buthe (1944-1994) was already a living legend. Much like a prince, the artist staged himself in his own fairytale world. Ingvild Goetz met Buthe in the 1970s and collected his work thereafter. With more than 40 paintings, objects, collages and works on paper and private photographs dating from 1968-1994, the retrospective exhibition at Sammlung Goetz provides insight into the friendship between the artist and collector.


"Art in itself is a religion. And I believe that artists really do have a priest-like function", Michael Buthe explained in an interview. He brought spirituality to art at a time when it was dominated by the conceptual, and he did not shy away from connecting his work with the opulence of the Orient and motives of kitsch. Adorned with feathers and dressed in flowing robes, he acted as a shaman in his performances and turned his exhibitions into mystical-magical works of art. Despite his early death, his companion, "Michel de la Sainte Beauté" - as he called himself ironically – has remained in our memories as a dazzling artistic personality.
Ingvild Goetz met Buthe, who led a nomadic life between the Rheinland and Morocco, in Cologne, and she later visited him in his studio in Marrakesh, becoming enchanted with his superordinate visual cosmos. The two were united in their curiosity of the unknown, their interest in foreign cultures and their yearning for spirituality in everyday life. Buthe even designed a meditation tower on Goetz’s private compound in Spain, which he solemnly inaugurated with a mystical ritual.
The exhibition in the Sammlung Goetz presents Michael Buthe in the full scope of his artistic career, beginning with his early minimalist drawings and objects from 1968/69 to his sculptural collages with feathers, plants and glossy paper, his large-format watercolors and his paintings adorned with silver and gold bronze, to his extensive portfolios from 199/94, which are on view to the public for the first time. The presentation is supplemented by documentary material and photographs from Ingvild Goetz’s personal photo album.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann


Michael Buthe und Ingvild Goetz – Eine Freundschaft

176 pages, 119 ill., softcover
2016, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-7757-4224-5
€ 35,00

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© 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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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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