© Ulrike Ottinger
Kunsthalle Munich

STAGED! Spectacle and role play in contemporary art

Opera, theater and ballet have always had a special fascination for a multitude of visual artists, who have found inspiration in magnificent theater architecture, opulent sets, extravagant costumes and rousing performances. With nearly 90 works from the Sammlung Goetz, the exhibition in the Kunsthalle Munich demonstrates the continuing interplay between art and theater.

With Julien Audebert, Matthew Barney, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Stan Douglas, Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Nan Goldin, Asta Gröting, Andreas Gursky, Lothar Hempel, Candida Höfer, Barbara Kasten, Mike Kelley, Jürgen Klauke, Hans Op de Beeck, Ulrike Ottinger, Paul Pfeiffer, Markus Schinwald, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Jeff Wall, Gillian Wearing and Shao Yinong & Mu Chen  

"All the world’s a stage" is a famous line by English poet William Shakespeare in the comedy As You Like It, which explores in a rondelay the trials and tribulations of love. The quote is often cited when the topic of the theater’s influence on other areas of life arises. All the world’s a stage presents the large-scale exhibition in the Kunsthalle Munich in cooperation with the Sammlung Goetz. It brings together ca. 20 artists who explore the techniques of stage and theater in their works. On view is the full range of artistic forms, from painting, sculpture and photography to video works and large-scale multimedia installations.

A similar perspective on the works from the Sammlung Goetz was already ventured in the exhibition All the world's a stage at the Fundación Banco Santander. With the selection of works in the Kunsthalle Munich, this notion will be continued and intensified.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann

Spektakel und Rollenspiel in der Gegenwartskunst

160 pages, 83 ill., softcover
2016, Kunsthalle der Hypokulturstiftung, Munich; Hirmer Verlag, Berlin
ISBN 978-3-7774-2708-9
€ 19,00

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© Imi Knoebel/VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, photo: Johannes Haslinger

Imi Knoebel

| Sammlung Goetz

With a retrospective exhibition, the Sammlung Goetz will honor the artist Imi Knoebel, who developed his own minimalist and conceptual formal vocabulary. The entire breadth of Knoebel’s artistic output—from the black-and-white photographs of the 1960s to the fiberboard paintings and objects made of cast concrete and finally his most recent acrylic paintings on aluminum—will be on view. The presentation includes not only the artist’s geometric and minimalist works, but also his rarely exhibited expressive paintings from the 1980s.

© Barbara Kasten

Barbara Kasten

| Sammlung Goetz BASE 103

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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