© Rodney Graham, photo: Thomas Dashuber
Sammlung Goetz

Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham's work captivates viewers with its ambivalence between conceptual rigor and humorous poetry, confidently linking cultural history, ordinary experiences, dreams and popular myths. The Sammlung Goetz presents the Canadian artist’s work in a comprehensive solo exhibition.

An encounter with Rodney Graham’s work challenges viewers; the seemingly sprightly, aesthetically pleasing works by the Canadian artist contain numerous references to literature, music, art history and philosophy. Along with Jeff Wall, Stan Douglas, Ian Wallace, Ken Lum and others. Graham is a representative of the "Vancouver School", which has enjoyed international acclaim since the 1980s. The engagement with conceptual, minimal and performance art, as well as the exploration of European-influenced modernism and its Canadian roots, had a significant influence on the development of their work.
Rodney Graham turned to the fine arts later in his career, and has continually questioned his role as an artist. In addition to photographic works of self-reflection, he has tested himself as a song writer, screenplay author, film maker and actor. "It may be a burden to reinvent oneself again and again, but it makes things more interesting," he once said in an interview. The retrospective exhibition at the Sammlung Goetz includes nearly 45 works from 1977 to 2012 in the mediums of photography, film, installation, sculpture and painting and provides a comprehensive insight into his oeuvre while illustrating its links to literature and music.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann und Leo Lencsés

Rodney Graham

184 pages, 92 ill., hardcover
German/English
2015, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-4082-1
€ 30,00

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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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