Ingvild Goetz was born in West Prussia (now part of Poland), and established an art publishing house for graphics in 1966, opening her own art gallery in Zurich in 1969. The gallery, Art in Progress, eventually moved to Munich, where it showed work by Arte Povera artists, Andy Warhol, Arakawa, Bruce Nauman, Jürgen Klauke, Jochen Gerz, Isa Genzken, Andreas Gursky, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, and Cy Twombly. Goetz retired from the business of art in the 1980s, deciding to focus on her own art collection, and in 1993 she created a public exhibition space, the Sammlung-Goetz, in which to show works from her holdings. In 2013, she donated her Munich museum and an additional 375 works to Bavaria, a gift estimated to be worth $40 million. According to her website, Goetz is “interested in outsiders and fringe groups. These groups include: asylum seekers, people suffering from eating disorders, for example, or young monks in Nepal completely cut off from the outside world.”

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Ingvild Goetz


Source of wealth:
Inheritance (mail-order retail)

Collecting area:
Contemporary art

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Fun fact:

In a 2008 interview with T Magazine, Goetz mentioned, “I just did a visit to Ryan Trecartin’s studio. It was the first time my husband and I looked at each other and said, ‘No we really no longer get it.’ ”