Somber walk-through installation with oversized flower sculptures and video projections
Sammlung Goetz x LOVECRAFT

Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg. The Experiment

The Sammlung Goetz has a new exhibition venue in the heart of Munich. In the former Kaufhof department store at Stachus, which currently houses the interim use project LOVECRAFT, the Sammlung Goetz will occupy an area of around 2000 square meters in the basement, thus serving as a temporary alternative venue for the exhibition building in Oberföhring, which is closed for renovation. The artist duo Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg will inaugurate this new space with the expansive multimedia installation The Experiment.


The work consists of a surreal-looking garden inhabited by more than a hundred larger-than-life sized plants, which Nathalie Djurberg has constructed using various plastics, cardboard and wire. Amidst this wondrous plant world, three stop-motion films—Greed, Forest, and Cave—are also on view. In these, the artist brings puppets, made of plasticine and cloth, to life in surreal, humorous, but also frightening tales. The films’ music was composed by Hans Berg, who uses sound to accompany the characters and drive the plot forward.

In Greed, three lascivious ecclesiastical dignitaries have their mischief way with a naked woman, who is at their mercy. Animal-like creatures—a recurring element in the films—give free rein to their animalistic urges. In Forest, the second installment of the trilogy, the creatures are plants. In this film, a young woman and her companion get lost in a dark and gloomy fairytale forest. The foe in this work is not always the ‘other,’ but is at times human beings themselves. In Cave, the third video film in The Experiment series, a woman is entangled in an absurd struggle with herself. The boundaries between victim and perpetrator seem to finally dissolve here.

The Experiment, a multimedia installation, was created in 2009 for the Venice Biennale. The work was awarded the Silver Lion for the best young artists, making the duo suddenly famous. The Sammlung Goetz has presented The Experiment in its exhibition building at Base103 in the past. With its presentation in the former Kaufhof building, the multimedia installation appears in an unusual location, one lacking a museum infrastructure. In keeping with the title of the work, it is an experiment that involves risks, but also opens up the opportunity to experience the multimedia installation in interaction with the special location, and thus to inspire a new audience for art.

LOVECRAFT intends to use the building for art exhibitions, sports activities, cultural events, retail and dining events, as well as for other uses, in keeping with its holistic usage concept. The building has a basement, a ground floor and seven additional floors.

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Encounters. Artistic perspectives on cinema

| Deutsches Theatermuseum München

In the context of the Munich Film Festival and in cooperation with the Deutsches Theatermuseum, the Sammlung Goetz will present films by artists who explore aesthetic strategies of cinema. Through the use of innovative techniques and experimental narrative forms, the works on view offer a multi-layered reflection on film as a medium. So viewers can experience the full scope of artistic perspectives, an extensive, changing program has been created and will be shown in a specially designed cinema on the upper floor of the Deutsches Theatermuseum. A reading lounge in the foyer invites visitors to discover more about the exhibited artistic positions.

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.

A Change of Scenery. Artists' Wallpapers from the Sammlung Goetz

| Neues Museum Nürnberg

The collaborative project between the Sammlung Goetz and the Neues Museum Nürnberg offers an exciting interplay between interior and exterior space. In the museum’s six façade rooms, the two institutions present wallpapers designed by artists represented in the Sammlung Goetz. Most of the works were created in the context of earlier large-scale installations and have now been adapted to the new space in Nuremberg.

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