Contemporary art Museums Collectors Germany

Leading German collector donates contemporary art and her museum to Bavaria

Ingvlid Goetz will remain in charge of Munich space

Ingvild Goetz in front of a work by Gabriel Orozco. Photo: Thomas Schmidt

The leading German contemporary art collector Ingvild Goetz is donating her Munich museum and 375 works to the state of Bavaria. The region’s prime minister, Horst Seehofer, welcomed the gift today, 6 September, as “a huge win for the state’s art collection, especially in the field of media art”. Goetz has also pledged to permanently loan the remaining 4,000 works from her collection to the German state.

Goetz started her collection 40 years ago and it has been described by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten private contemporary art collections in the world. It includes works by Tracey Emin, Richard Prince, Mike Kelley and Cindy Sherman, but has a particular focus on new media, including around 500 video pieces. Goetz opened a Herzog and de Meuron-designed private museum to house the collection in 1993, the architects’ first project outside of Switzerland. Goetz tells The Art Newspaper that she intends to remain in charge of the museum as its director.

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12 Sep 13
19:13 CET


what a generous and smart gift. i wish she had one of mine

9 Sep 13
3:24 CET


The world of art is devinely Blessed to have Ingvild Goetz in it. She is a gift any artist would be blessed to meet.

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