Alte Hasen: Ingvild Goetz in conversation with Zdenek Felix
Ingvild Goetz founded a publishing house for graphics in Konstanz in 1966. In 1969 she opened the gallery art in progress in Zurich which she relocated to Munich in 1971. Since closing up the gallery in 1984 she has been dedicating herself entirely to systematically building her art collection which focuses on Arte Povera artists, on American artists from the 1980s, on Young British Artists as well as on singular positions of German artists. Thanks to more than 450 video art and media art works the Goetz Collection is the largest international private art collection in this field. Since 1993 Ingvild Goetz has been presenting artistic positions and artworks exclusively from her own collection in two annual exhibitions in her private museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron in Munich-Oberföhring. Within the context of cooperations works from the Goetz Collection can also be seen as part of exhibitions in other museums. In 2001 Ingvild Goetz was awarded not only the Art Cologne Prize but moreover the culture prize München leuchtet (Munich shines) for her excellent merits towards the city of Munich. In 2007 she obtained the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award as outstanding figure in the artworld.
Zdenek Felix was born in Czechoslovakia in 1938. He studied philosophy, history and aesthetics at the Charles University in Prague. Upon receiving his PhD Felix initially worked as an editor of an art magazine. In 1969 he became the assistant of Harald Szeemann at the Kunsthalle Bern and upon that the curator of the department of modern art at the Kunstmuseum Basel. Following this position he worked as director of exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang in Essen (1976-86) and both as director of the Kunstverein München (1986-91) as well as of the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg (1991-2003). Today Zdenek Felix is an independent curator living in Berlin and has been collaborating with the private artspace KAI 10 Raum für Kunst in Düsseldorf since 2007.