Moritz Goetze

Moritz Götze


1964 Born in Halle
1981 Cabinetmaker apprenticeship
1983-1986 Active in several professions
since 1986 Freelance work as painter and graphic artist in Halle; construction of his own workshop
1991-1994 Lectureship in serigraphy at the Hochschule Burg Giebichstein, Halle
1994 Guest Professor for serigraphy at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris
1996 Art encouragement prize of Sachsen-Anhalt
1997 Graphic Prize of the United Cigarette Factories, Dresden
1997 "66 Gedichte, was soll dass" ("66 Poems, what about that") - a book with Manfred Krug; Art prize of the Deutschen Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken
2000 Design of the image of the Leipzig Book Fair


Museen der Residenzstadt Greiz
Stadtmuseum, Nördlingen
Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden,
Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden
Deutsches historisches Museum, Berlin
Haus der Geschichte, Bonn
Märkisches Museum, Berlin
Kligspor Museum, Offenbach
Deutscher Bundestag
Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Marbach
Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen
Kunstmuseum Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg
Public Collections
DDR Alltagsmuseum, Berlin
Museum Schloss Branitz , Cottbus
Angermuseum, Erfurt
Angermuseum, Erfurt
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
Brandenburgische Kunstsammlungen, Cottbus
Collection Indiana University, USA
Frankesche Stiftungen, Halle
Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg
Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück
Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg
Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt/Oder
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Sammlung der Deutschen Bank, Frankfurt am Main
Sammlung Württembergische Bank
Universität Leipzig
Sprengel Museum, Hannover
Staatliches Museum, Schwerin
Stiftung Moritzburg, Kunstmuseum des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt, Halle
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig

Solo Exhibitions

Galerie Rothamel Erfurt
Deutsches Generalkonsulat, New York
Schönheit und Untergang, Ostholsteinmuseum Eutin
Galerie im Kulturhaus Leuna, Leuna
Museum Schloss Burgk, Burgk
Galerie Alte Schule, Ahrenshoop
Frank-Loebsches Haus, Landau/Pfalz
Galerie Binz & Kraemer, Cologne
Galerie am Sachsenplatz, Leipzig
Deutscher Bildersaal, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart
Kunstverein Wetzlar, Wetzlar
Galerie Nord, Halle
Bazon Brock & Moritz Goetze, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt/Main
2010Neues Schland, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt
2009Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
2009Galerie Brunnhofer, Linz
2009Neue Saechsische Galerie, Chemnitz
2009 Maenner und Taten, Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt / Oder (catalog)
2009 Scapa Flow, Foundation of Schloss Neuhardenberg (catalog)
2008 Eden, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt (catalog)
2007 Galerie Rothamel Frankfurt
2007 Saarland Museum - Saarbruecken
2006 Galerie Rothamel Frankfurt
2005 Galerie Rothamel Erfurt
2005 Lindenaumuseum, Altenburg
2004 Kunstmuseum Kloster zu unser lieben Frauen Magdeburg, Magdeburg
2003 Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt
2002 Kunstverein Friedrichshafen, Friedrichshafen
2002 Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Osnabrueck
2002 Kunstverein Ruegen, Puttbus/Ruegen
2001 Stadtmuseum Limburg
2001 Zeitkunst Galerie, Schloss Teutschental
2001 Galerie Rothamel, Jena
2000 Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt
2000 Staedtische Galerie Sonneberg
1999 Stadtmuseum Dresden
1998 Galerie Ruta Corea, Freiburg / Breisgau
1998 Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt/Main
1998 Galerie Kunststueck, Oldenburg
1998 Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Berlin
1998 Galerie in der Kulturbrauerei, Berlin
1998 Galerie Schuster, Art Cologne
1998 Stadtmuseum Siegburg
1998 Galerie Grimm, Magdeburg
1998 Galerie am Sachsenplatz, Leipzig
1998 Galerie Ruta Corea, Mülhouse (F)
1998 Galerie Weiße, Chemnitz
1997 Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Berlin
1997 Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt
1996 Galerie Alfican, Brussels
1996 Das Heimatmuseum, Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle
1995 Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg Halle
1995 Kunstverein Wuerzburg
1995 Galerie Schuster, Paris
1995 Galerie Tammen und Busch, Berlin
1995 Galerie Sandmann + Haak, Hannover
1994 Galerie Peters - Barenbrock, Braunschweig
1994 Galerie Transit, Leuven (Belgium)
1994 Museum für Kunst & Handwerk, Hamburg
1994 Kunsthaus Dortmund
1994 Galerie Chaos Art, Hamburg
1993 Galerie Lang, Berlin
1993 Albrechtsburg Meissen
1993 Galerie Alvensleben, Munich
1993 Galerie Gebrueder Lehmann, Dresden
1993 Galerie Weiße, Chemnitz
1992 Schloß Ballenstedt (with Ruediger Giebler)
1992 Galerie Lang, ART Frankfurt and Art Colgne
1992 Galerie Lang, Leipzig
1992 Lindenau Museum Altenburg, "Der Prinzenraub"
1992 Galerie Alter Markt, Halle
1991 Galerie Felix, Hamburg
1991 Galerie Axelrod, Boston, USA
1991 Galerie Alter Markt, Halle
1991 Galerie am Chamissoplatz, Berlin
1990 Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin
1990 Kunstverein Roederhof
1990 Galerie Kraftwerk, Leipzig
1989 Galerie Barbakane, Leipzig

Group Exhibitions

Hier stehe ich, Staatliches Museum Schwerin
4 x Götze, Kunstkaten Ahrenshoop
Gewissheit. Vision, Museum Franckesche Stiftungen, Halle   
God + Co, Galerie Rothamel Erfurt
Halleluhwah! Hommage á CAN, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Friedrich Haecker - Leben und Mythos, Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
Spektrale, Mainz
Halleluwah! Hommage á CAN, Galerie Abtart, Stuttgart
Connectings, Stadtmuseum Nördlingen
"Matthias" Baader Holst, Rote Fabrik Zurich
2010Luise. Leben und Mythos der Königin, Schloß Charlottenburg, Berlin
2010Sachsen am Meer, Geraer Kunstsammlung, Gera
2010Das Voynich Manuskript, Kunstverein Aschersleben
2009Neue Saechsische Galerie, Chemnitz
2009Temporary Kunsthalle Berlin
2009Stiftung Schloss Neuhardenberg
2008Jagd & Kugelfang, Galerie Spesshardt und Klein, Berlin
2008Maerkischer Sand, Kunstmuseum Deiselkraftwerk Cottbus
2008Anhaltinische Gemaeldegalerie Dessau
2006 "Was ist deutsch?" (What's German?), Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
2005 Museum Junge Kunst, Frankfurt / Oder
2003 "Wahnzimmer", Museum Folkwang, Essen
2003 New York University, New York
2002 "Wahnzimmer", Museum der Bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig
2002 Bundeskanzleramt, Berlin
2002 Museum Folkwang, Essen
2002 Sprengelmuseum, Hannover
2002 Museum der Bildenden Kuenste, Leipzig
1997 "Bohéme und Diktatur", Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
1995 "De Gemartelde Tijd", Leuven (Belgien)
1994 "Bekoemmlich", Kunsthaus Hamburg
1992 "Zwischen den Seiten", Brandenburgische Kunstsammlung, Cottbus

Serious and Lightness

Seven men are taking a boat trip. Debris and mines are floating on the water. On board the ship is an oil barrel, a lit torch and a TV set. The sea is stormy, and the waves look like shells. Welcome to Rococo. Welcome to the 21st century.

Moritz Goetze likes to use metaphors and historical settings to address pressing issues of his time. With outstanding painterly virtuosity and draughtsmanship, he assembles his visions into crystal-clear compositions whose semantic layers reach near-abyssal depths. Though his visions are often clad in aristocratic nonchalance, they can occasionally become explicit, and sometimes drastic.

In 2004/05, Moritz Götze painted "Im Zimmer" (In the Room). It depicts a group of Europeans in colonial dress who fight an invisible enemy. In the right-hand part of the image, Arabic script hovers above the ruins of western civilisation. The writing details the formula for Al-Napht, an explosive used in medieval sea battles. This painting anticipated the recent uproar sparked by the Muhammad caricatures and the subsequent attacks on Western embassies in some Arabic countries. As early as 1997, Goetze had spelled a gloomy prophecy when he painted a plane crashing into a tower building (published in M. Goetze, Station to Station, Leipzig 1997).

An important point of departure for the Rococo series was the memoirs of Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798). They are among the most significant cultural-historic artefacts from the 18th century, containing both the small and large form - a historic panorama as well as trivial anecdotes. This can also be said of Goetze's masterful drawing "Die Überraschung" (The Surprise), which references another of the great adventurers of Rococo: Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen (1720-1797). The key to this painting is the seminal film with Hanns Albers in the title role, which dates from 1943. The conversation with the bodiless woman's head was derived from it. As we all know, Muenchhausen - like Casanova but unlike our steadfast family man Goetze - was a distinguished rascal and seducer. Goetze's drawing inserts him into a conversational triangle, stuck between the body-less woman who appears to be growing out of a flower pot, a chat (a flirt?) on the telephone (accurately represented by spiralling text) and a young lady in stockings and summer hat entering the room.

A Moritz Goetze still-life can be seen on the wall opposite to a collage made from a forty-year old magazine with a photograph of a sitting figure whose posture is very close to Muenchhausen's. The carpet is covered with patterns, drawings, a knocked-over watering can with its puddle and - danger for the flower-potted lady! - garden shears. The face in the TV set is observing the scenery, the antenna promises alpha and omega, beginning and end. The background tapestry depicts scenes from life as large as it gets - love, death, religion, oil and money - while the open door clearly leads in to the void. Goetze's outlook on life and art is akin to that of the Rococo to the extent that, in those silver times, even the weightiest themes were seen with playful lightness but also clarity and depth, and without any illusions.

Mortiz Goetze's ludibund seriousness has raised the attention of collectors and museums alike. This year, Götze's work will be shown in the Germanic National Museum in Nuremberg. In 2007, the Saarland Museum in Saarbruecken will stage a personal exhibition, while two major institutions have pledged to follow suit in 2009.