© Saskia Olde Wolbers
Sammlung Goetz

Saskia Olde Wolbers

The aesthetically extraordinary films by artist Saskia Olde Wolbers all follow much the same pattern: a voice off narrating a storyline that is visualised in seemingly fictitious and organically formed spaces with details that correlate to the spoken word. Olde Wolbers is inspired by news stories and narratives from newspapers and television that report on people with singular life stories, which are expanded both visually and acoustically by the artist in her videos.

The story behind Kilowatt Dynasty (2000) takes place in the future and concerns the phenomenon of the inverted dream syndrome – in which states of sleeping and waking become conflated. An unborn child tells the love story of its parents – a television anchor and an environmental activist. The two are situated in a television studio located at the bottom of the massive Three Gorges dam on the Yangtse in the year 2016. Slow camera pans guide the viewer into this predominantly monochromatic, surreal world whose forms recall water bubbles and underwater plants. Here, the viewer finds associative correlations between word and image. Psychedelic and natural sounds echo the biomorphic forms. The sets for these miniature fantasy worlds – most of them coloured and embedded in water tanks – were created in the course of years of painstaking manual craftsmanship.

The work has been shown on the upper floor of the exhibition building.


© 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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