© Paweł Althamer, photo: Thomas Dashuber
Sammlung Goetz

Paweł Althamer

"If I were to go to a Paweł Althamer exhibition – I‘mprojecting here –and find no Paweł Althamer, it would set the right process in motion." (Paweł Althamer)

 

Polish artist Paweł Althamer has created artworks, launched happenings and initiated collective processes to an extent that few artists of his generation have paralleled, triggering questions that go far beyond the usual enquiries about the general perception of what art is, what issues it addresses, what it could potentially be and what role it actually plays in social reality. He has fundamentally changed the paradigm of the individual author by including others in the creative process. He has transformed conventional notions of the aesthetic of the art object, which is conventionally symbolic and, at best, focused on changing perceptions of it, by applying his ideas of specific action and active intervention in social and human relationships. Althamer has gone far beyond the formal precision and conceptual clarity of authentically expressive outbursts of creativity in contemporary art by successfully conveying a deeply-felt spirituality that overarches all indifference to the metaphysical questions of our existence. The works in this exhibition give an insight into his visionary approach, situated somewhere between such classic sculptural pieces as Self-portrait or Matejka, on which the artist tends to work in isolation, and the collective endeavours of, say, Bródno People, encompassing his specific engagement with young people in such projects as Einstein Class.

Paweł Althamer

128 pages, 110 ill., 16 pages insert, softcover
German/English
2012, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-3153-9
€ 25,00

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© 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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