© Laurie Simmons
Neues Museum, Nuremberg

The Fabulous World of Laurie Simmons

As part of the celebrations for the 175th anniversary of photography, the Neues Museum is dedicating an extensive solo show to US American photo-artist Laurie Simmons – and with that will be the first European exhibition institution to do so. The presentation features works from the Sammmlung Goetz, which was placed on permanent loan to the Neues Museum at the end of 2013, augmented by loans from the artist.

Ever since the 1970s, Laurie Simmons has developed a photographic oeuvre that focuses on the ways everyday worlds are staged. Miniaturised interiors and artificial spaces form the arena for her figures. Inspired by human ways and dispositions, they are transformed into mirrors of our lives through role games and dramatic scenarios.

Right from the start of her career, Laurie Simmons has produced serial works, in black and white and in colour. Not infrequently her photos seem like film stills, which seem to tell a story when placed in succession. The actors who populate her landscapes or interiors are cowboys or tourists, while her female characters are shown as housewives, the lady of the house, or as sexualised objects.

Many of the protagonists seem to be living life as a mere cliché, and to be prisoners of their own social conventions. With her hyper-realistic but always narrowly defined worlds, as well as her depictions of prototypes, Laurie Simmons was quick to come up with a socio-critical body of work that conveys the ideals vaunted by the media precisely through its chosen medium of photography.

Curated by Karsten Löckemann und Angelika Nollert

Cooperation between the Neues Museum in Nuremberg and the Sammlung Goetz.


© 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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