An internationally renowned collection of contemporary art
The Sammlung Goetz is an internationally renowned collection of contemporary art located in Munich, Germany. The building that houses the exhibition space was designed by Herzog & de Meuron and completed in 1993. The development of the collection began from the mid-1980s on with structured collecting. Since then, it has concentrated on Arte Povera, contemporary art of the respective age as well as works by selected artists. Global art currents are actively and critically observed; likewise, the Sammlung Goetz artistic holdings are continually increased. Parallel to its attention to recent art, Sammlung Goetz continually supplements and completes work groups of artists already represented in the collection.
The Sammlung Goetz promotes media diversity in today’s artistic forms of representation. In addition to drawings, graphics, paintings, photographs and room-based installations, one of the collection’s main focuses is ‘time-based media’ such as video, film and multiple projections.
With the commencement of Ingvild Goetz’s collecting activities in the mid-1980s, the Sammlung Goetz holdings now encompass works of several hundred artists – a volume that can no longer be conveyed in a short survey. The collection’s several thousand works, ranging from small drawings to room-filling multipartite installations, from media works for one small monitor to projections of moving images on many projection surfaces distributed over many rooms, extend far beyond the framework of such representation capabilities. The collection’s own archive and exhibitions in cooperation with other museums can offer good, albeit only partial insights. Insofar as the storage situation and conservation restrictions permit, certain works can be made available upon request for academic purposes or research.
The focus of Ingvild Goetz’s collecting activities on the respective present has led to the fact that many of the most important artistic developments and questions of the decades both before and after the turn of the millennium are represented in the collection. The Sammlung Goetz promotes art that critically examines the realities of society and their dubious social, political and aesthetic nature. The collection does not attempt to attain an encyclopedic overview based on selected individual works, but rather to pursue, complete and expand on individual artists and holdings over the years. Based on this structural orientation, many significant artists of recent decades are represented in Sammlung Goetz by major and extensive work groups – to an extent that is probably unique in the world.
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