© Tracey Emin/VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn
Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

Why I Never Became a Dancer

Why I Never Became a Dancer is the second exhibition to be mounted at Haus der Kunst as a joint project with the Sammlung Goetz. It presents 15 video works by international artists addressing the theme of youth and exploring the social behavioural patterns of young people both privately and within the wider community. The focus is not only on today’s generation but also on youth culture in the past thirty years.

With Doug Aitken, Andrea Bowers, Martin Brand, Cao Fei, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Emin, Nina Könnemann, Mark Leckey, Paul Pfeiffer, Beat Streuli, Ryan Trecartin, Rosemarie Trockel, Gillian Wearing and Tobias Zielony.

“Every generation has its own idols, its own language, its own music, fashion and forms of expression. Until they have found those, young people try out everything from alternative lifestyles to drugs to the virtual world of the internet. I’dlike to show that here.“ (Ingvild Goetz)

Tracey Emin‘s work Why I Never Became a Dancer, from which the exhibition takes its name, invites viewers into the world of her youth in Margate, England, and her dreams of escaping small-town life. In Rineke Dijkstra‘s The Buzzclub, Liverpool, UK/ Mysteryworld, Zaandam, NL young people in empty spaces reconstruct the moves they had just moments ago been making in a crowded room. In this way, the artist shows the viewer an isolated model situation. Doug Aitken‘s i am in you, with its associative film sequences, reveals the lifeworld of a little girl.


Why I Never Became a Dancer.
Sammlung Goetz im Haus der Kunst

124 pages, 458 ill., softcover
2011, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-3154-6
€ 10,00

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© 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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