Profile - Goetz Collection

The Goetz Collection is an internationally renowned, private collection of contemporary art in Munich. The Collection's activities embrace the entire diversity of today's artistic forms of expression in all media. Apart from drawings, graphics, paintings, and photography, the focus is on video and film work, room-sized installations and multi-channel projections. The Collection is committed to keep up and to develop high standards in art historical researching, cataloguing, preserving, and restoring of the works of art.

The semi-annual exhibitions in a museum building which was designed by the architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron and completed in 1993 are concentrated on the development of individual artistic expressions and focused on larger group of works by single artists. They are open to the public by appointment only. Our exhibitions are proof of the autonomy of art, of its creative strength and its ability to show us the world in a way we would never have imagined possible. The Goetz Collection feels duty bound to plead for the openness of our perceptions and the constant correction of our thoughts and views through contemporary art.

The gallery for a private collection of art from the 1960s to the present day stands in park-like grounds surrounded by a fence. It looks like a solitaire which dwells happily the midst of birch trees and conifers, yet still remains alien.
Building regulations for the residential area restricted the height and footprint of the building, which made it necessary to construct a basement level to give the required exhibition space. Herzog & de Meuron made this restriction into the basis for their design. The first step was to deliberately avoid the traditional solution of putting video art and drawings down in the basement, and to aim instead at achieving equal spatial quality on both exhibition levels. The conventional hierarchy of rooms is turned on its head. Attempts with classic overhead lighting, as seen in the early sketches, were soon abandoned, and the main, usually toplit exhibition hall which is the focus of many galleries was placed in the basement. In the upper storey are three smaller exhibition rooms. The 4 to 5.5 m high walls inside the rooms are unfinished plaster, and at the top is a strip of matt glazing through which even, glare-free light falls. From inside the rooms the visitor can no longer be sure which floor he is on.

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