© 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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© 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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Cyrill Lachauer. I am not sea, I am not land

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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