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Generations - Female Artists in Dialogue Across a Three-Part Exhibition

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May 19, 2018
A philosophy graduate interested in theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

Throughout the history of the Sammlung Goetz, an acclaimed art institution in Munich, works by women have been of significant importance. Guided by her interest in socio-political topics, formal-aesthetic issues and artistic materials, Ingvild Goetz has been collecting the work of women artists consistently over the years.

For this reason, the museum has decided to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a three-part exhibition dedicated to artistic creations of women. Titled Generations, the exhibition will showcase nearly 200 works by more than 40 artists in an intergenerational dialogue.

Stylistically diverse, the display will range from drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptures to films and extensive installations.

Yayoi Kusama - The End of Summer, 1980
Yayoi Kusama – The End of Summer, 1980. Installation with table and 2 chairs © the artist. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München. Photo: Barbara Deller-Leppert, München

Part One

The first part of the Generations exhibition focuses on the appropriation of ordinary materials and creative practices from the fields of applied arts, advertising and design.

In addition to central positions, represented by minimalist knitted images of Rosemarie Trockel, woven cotton collages by Pae White, installations with painted rubber gloves by Yayoi Kusama, large-format paintings by Katharina Grosse and LED light panels by Jenny Holzer, the exhibition will also present few discoveries and rediscoveries, such as the works by the young painter Lucy Dodd and the American Pop artist Sister Corita Kent.

Other featured artists are Carla Accardi, Geta Brătescu, Ellen Gallagher, Jennifer Guidi, Haegue Yang, Barbara Kasten, Rebecca Morris, N. Dash, Paulina Olowska, Carol Rama, Pipilotti Rist, Jessica Stockholder, and Andrea Zittel.

Ellen Gallagher - DeLuxe (detail), 2004, Paulina Olowska - Wooly Jumpers, 2010
Left: Ellen Gallagher – DeLuxe (detail), 2004/05. Portfolio of 60 etchings with photogravure, 60 parts: each 33 x 26,5 cm © the artist. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth and Sammlung Goetz, München. Photo: Stephan Altenburger Photography, Zurich / Right: Paulina Olowska – Wooly Jumpers, 2010. Oil on linen, 175 x 125 cm © the artist. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München; Photo: Metro Pictures

Part Two

The focus of the second part of the exhibition will be on the body and the exploration of its limits, as well as the examination of social concepts of sexuality, gender and identity in moving images.

The display will include video art from the 1960s to the present day. Some of the highlights of the show are the playful-sensual exploration of intimate areas of the body by Pipilotti Rist, the deconstruction of the female body in the stop-motion films with Nathalie Djurberg’s clay figures, and the documentation of socio-political performances by Mona Hatoum, among others.

Other featured artists are Geta Brătescu, Tracey Emin, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Yayoi Kusama, Ulrike Ottinger, Ulrike Rosenbach and Rosemarie Trockel.

Ulrike Ottinger - Café Möhring / Tabea Blumenschein, in: Bildnis einer Trinkerin, Berlin, 1979
Ulrike Ottinger – Café Möhring / Tabea Blumenschein, in: Bildnis einer Trinkerin, Berlin, 1979. (Filmstill), Single-channel video (color, sound) © the artist. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München

Part Three

The last part of the exhibition will showcase works by artists such as Geta Brătescu and Louise Bourgeois, both exploring questions of identity, gender and their own biography.

Their works will be juxtaposed with Young British Artists and younger artistic positions, highlighting their lasting impact on following generations.

Rosemarie Trockel - Abolish Chance, 2013
Rosemarie Trockel – Abolish Chance, 2013. Wolle auf Leinwand / Wool on linen, 60 x 70 cm © (Rosemarie Trockel) VG BILD-KUNST Bonn, 2018. Courtesy Sprüth Magers and Sammlung Goetz, München. Photo: Ben Hermanni

Generations at the Sammlung Goetz and Haus der Kunst

The exhibition Generations, Part 1 will be on view at the Sammlung Goetz in Munich until June 30th, 2018.

The Part 2 will be on view at Haus der Kunst in Munich from June 29th, 2018 until January 27th, 2019, while the Part 3 will be on view at the Sammlung Goetz from September 13th until December 15th, 2018.

The Floor Map of Generations, Part One

Featured images: Generations Part 1, Sammlung Goetz, 22.02.-13.07.2018, Installation view © The artists, Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, München, Photo: Thomas Dashuber. All images courtesy Sammlung Goetz.