© Chris Ofili
Sammlung Goetz

The Mystery of Painting

Today, painting distinguishes itself by stylistic diversity, visual pleasure and its own intrinsic logic. For the group exhibition The Mystery of Painting, Sammlung Goetz has selected ten positions from its holdings of paintings.

With Ellen Gallagher, Toba Khedoori, Karen Kilimnik, Udomsak Krisanamis, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, Lari Pittman, Neo Rauch and Matthew Ritchie.

Painting has often been declared dead. Despite this, it has maintained its vitality and diversity over the centuries as hardly any other medium. The ten artists in the group exhibition The Mystery of Painting are not related by a common style, but by a common attitude to painting. "What they have in common is that they do not paint a picture of the world, but about the world", explains Ingvild Goetz. They masterfully transcend traditional categories of 'representational' and 'abstract', look for points of departure in pop culture and folk art and do not shy away from close proximity to the decorative or to kitsch. Most of these artists belong to the younger generation. Their works were created in the late 1990s. Many of them are being shown in Germany for the first time.

The Mystery of Painting

192 pages, 91 ill., hardcover
2001, Kunstverlag Ingvild Goetz GmbH, Hamburg
ISBN 3-9805267-9-8
€ 15,00

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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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