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Emin, Sherman Collector Goetz Gives Museum to Bavaria

Ingvild Goetz
Ingvild Goetz announced she will donate her museum and part of her collection to the state of Bavaria. Goetz has built up a collection of more than 5,000 artworks since the 1980s. Photographer: Thomas Schmidt/Sammlung Goetz via Bloomberg

The collector Ingvild Goetz announced she is donating her Munich museum and 375 contemporary artworks to the state of Bavaria, and will hand over more than 4,000 other works on permanent loan.

The museum, designed by the Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron, houses art by Richard Prince, Tracey Emin, Rachel Whiteread, Douglas Gordon, Mike Kelley, Roni Horn, Isa Genzken, Diane Arbus, Andreas Gursky and Cindy Sherman. The pieces included in the gift are mainly video works, the Bavarian government said in a statement on its website.

“This is one of Bavaria’s most important art acquisitions of the last decades,” said Horst Seehofer, the prime minister of Bavaria. “The famous Goetz collection is above all a gain for the state collections in the area of video art.”

The Muenchner Merkur newspaper estimated the value of the gift at about 30 million euros ($40 million). Barbara Schepanek, a spokeswoman for the Bavarian government, said she couldn’t confirm that figure.

Goetz, the daughter of the mail-order tycoon Werner Otto, founded a gallery in the 1970s in Switzerland, later moving it to Munich and Dusseldorf. She closed it to focus on collecting in the 1980s, and has since become one of the most influential collectors of contemporary art, regularly featuring in Artnews magazine’s list of the 200 top buyers worldwide.

The collection numbers more than 4,700 artworks, including 500 film and video works.

Bavaria has pledged to fund the upkeep of the museum and to retain it as a showcase for contemporary art, the principle reasons Goetz cited for her decision to donate her life’s work. Goetz will continue to manage both the museum and the collection, according to the government statement.

Muse highlights include New York and London weekend guides; Lewis Lapham on history; Jeremy Gerard on U.S. theater; and Greg Evans and Craig Seligman on movies.

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