Installation of kitchen utensils on a wooden board, consisting of a pasta strainer, a cheese grater, a pasta lifter, a potato masher and a meat tenderiser, to name just the utensils in the photo. All of them are connected with electric cables so that an electric circuit is created and thus the light bulb in the pasta strainer can be made to glow. Mona Hatoum, Sammlung Goetz Munich
Sammlung Goetz

Mona Hatoum

„I want the work in the first instance to have a strong formal presence, and through the physical experience to activate a psychological and emotional response.“ (Mona Hatoum)


Mona Hatoum’s work explores the various ways in which the human body interacts with and relates to the world, in all its vulnerability and the institutional constraints to which it is subjected. Her sophisticated and often paradoxical portrayals of these phenomena address the viewer first and foremost on a sensory level, triggering feelings of dismay, fascination, fear and loathing – or even a mixture of these. Her multi-faceted, complex and aesthetic works involve a constantly recurring repertoire of forms, structures and methods. At the beginning of her career as an artist, in the early 1980s, she worked mainly in the field of performance art. Some of her performances are documented on video or have been integrated into new video works. They are, for the most part, hard-hitting, accusatory and politically charged. Her recent works tend to convey a more universal message in an abstract way, while at the same time clearly showing what an unpleasant and unrelenting place the world we live in can be. The exhibition presents works from various periods of her artistic career.


Mona Hatoum

100 pages, 150 ill., hardcover
2011, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-3153-9
€ 25,00

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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.

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