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Zilla Leutenegger. The infinite Room, 2006. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Medienkunst, München

No Place like Home 0

Q&A with art collector Ingvild Goetz

No Place Like Home / Goetz Collection
Haus der Kunst, Munich
Through January 8, 2017 

At the close of 2013, had the honor of interviewing renown art collector Ingvild Goetz, whose collection has been deemed to be among the top ten most important collections in the world. Containing approximately five thousand pieces, Sammlung Goetz has evolved mostly through contact with emerging artists, many of which had just started down their life paths, for Ingvild Goetz assembled her collection by purposefully staying away from the mainstream and the big names of the day.

In 2014 Ingvild Goetz gifted a substantial part of Sammlung Goetz – the media art collection, whose only equals are found in Paris' Le Centre Pompidou, London's Tate Modern, and New York's MoMA – to Bavaria.

Lorenz Straßl. Ohne Titel, 2002 – 2009. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Medienkunst, München

Beginning in mid-May of this year, the Bavarian capital of Munich – which is where Ingvild Goetz settled as a wartime refugee – will be exhibiting the show “No Place Like Home”. It will be the ninth media art exhibition to be held in the former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst. On view will be fifteen works from the Goetz Collection that explore the home environment and the emotions associated with it. The works focus on a variety of intra-family conflicts, revealing social conventions and plumbing the depths of human relationships.

Veronika Veit. Die Faust, 2010. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Medienkunst, München

A few days before the opening of the exhibition, had the chance to ask Ingvild Goetz a couple of personal questions on the meaning of “home” in her life, to which she answered: “Because of the war and the related expulsion, I lost my childhood home early on. Thus, I do not associate the term “home” with a specific place, but, rather, with my family and the people who are important to me.” We were also interested in finding out which of the presented artworks from her collection are dearest to her, and which ones best reflect her own notion of “home”: “The films Eight and Eighteen by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler are those to which I most closely relate. The films are about a young girl who is caught between a protected parental home and her wish to be independent.”

Karen Yasinsky. No Place Like Home # 1, 1999. Courtesy Sammlung Goetz, Medienkunst, München

We then posed to the collector a question not about home and how it is portrayed in art, but rather on art in the home itself, and how it influences the creation of relationships. Goetz replied: “Living with art enriches one's life enormously. It inspires discussions with friends and family members that go far beyond private concerns.”

Read in the Archive: An interview with art collector Ingvild Goetz

Participating artists: Sue de Beer, Hubbard / Birchler, Zilla Leutenegger, Matthias Müller, Hans Op de Beeck, Gabriel Orozco, Patricia Pearson, Anri Sala, Lorenz Straßl, Frank Forward, Veronika Veit and Karen Yasinsky

The exhibition is curated by Susanne Touw, Sammlung Goetz.