© Annika Larsson
Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

The Cold Libido

Love, lust and passion, violence, loss and death are the great cinematic motifs. Through a carefully calculated dramaturgy of emotions, they seduce the viewer into being swept away by the plot. Guest curator of Haus der Kunst Gürsoy Doğtaş has selected twelve films from the Sammlung Goetz that explore the seduction mechanisms of narrative cinema.

With Keren Cytter, Jeanne Faust, Annika Larsson, Shahryar Nashat and Aïda Ruilova.

The videos by the five artists in the eighth collaborative exhibition with Haus der Kunst build on familiar cinematic genres, such as soft porn, horror and splatter films, yet do not follow a linear plot. Using abrupt cuts, surprising twists and unusual perspectives, they undermine the viewing habits of passionate movie audiences.
With her video life like, artist Aïda Ruilova pays tribute to the French horror film director, Jean Rollin, who lies pale and rigid on his deathbed. A young woman initially mourns the old man, but then begins to abuse him with her caresses and sexual affronts. In Pink Ball, Annika Larsson portrays a homoerotic power play over a stranded and naked man, and in his video Laterally Yours, 154 Days, Shahryar Nashat records how a prisoner comes to terms with his hopeless situation.
“The presented videos reduce great emotions to brief fragments of visual pleasure, and shatter the intimate relationship between the viewer and the film’s text”, explains Gürsoy Doğtaş, “so that the promise of pleasure, control and power fails to materialize.”

Curated by Gürsoy Doğtaş


© 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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