Art. Goetz Collection.

Collecting is addictive... Ingvild Goetz collects contemporary art and has now amassed more than 4700 works by international artists. Her collection of video art with more than 500 works alone is one of the largest in the world.

A ‘contemporary monastery‘ for art...

Ingvild Goetz, art collector

“I actually wanted to be a painter,” Ingvild Goetz explains. “But I soon realised that I simply didn’t have the talent for it.” She founded a publishing house for graphics at the end of the sixties, then a gallery. In 1984 she then decided to focus completely on her own art collection. And by the end of the 1980s, Ingvild Goetz had accumulated so many works that she didn’t have enough space for them in her own home…

“In addition to a formally cohesive concept, what has always been important to me is art’s social commitment and engagement.
Art that uses all the means at its disposal to get involved fascinates me.”

Ingvild Goetz

Ms Goetz, you took a very early interest in media art…

The development of new technologies, large screens, multiple projections and projections onto objects open up completely new possibilities for artists. This new artistic imagery is very fascinating.

Your collection of media art is the largest in the world.

There was a time when I had to control my passion for collecting videos and films.

You’re very open to new things

I am curious about everything that happens in the world. I’m interested in the world of the young generation.

Have you changed as a collector?

In my opinion, there are only a few positions in contemporary art that are really interesting. The market follows trends, just like in fashion.

The star architects Jaques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron converted the Tate Modern in London from a former power station into a museum. You discovered the Swiss duo earlier.

They had only completed a few projects when I met them. They just brought a few rough ideas to our first meeting but explained fantastically what the building could look like one day.

You wanted to build a ‘contemporary monastery’ for art

Herzog & de Meuron then implemented the ideas into a building with windows, which you can’t look out of.

“When you deal with art intensively, there’s one thing that you can definitely learn and that’s tolerance. So, before I reject something straight away, I at least look at it and maybe even come to a positive decision. But even if I come to a negative decision, I can explain why.”

Ingvild Goetz


Photo (Goetz Collection, Architektur Herzog & de Meuron, Basel): Wildfied Petzi, Munich
Photo (Ingvild Goetz): Thomas Schmidt, Hamburg
All courtesy of the Goetz Collection, Ingvild Goetz, Munich