Events | 1550 SAN REMO DRIVE

Los Angeles | December 2, 2017 – January 1, 2018

1550 SAN REMO DRIVE, Video, 17:50 min, HD Video, Stereo, 2017 (EN & GER Version)

Niklas Goldbach's 1550 SAN REMO DRIVE was filmed in February 2017 on the premises of the Thomas Mann House in Pacific Palisades, California, USA. The video features quotes from JR Davidson, Thomas Mann and the real estate companies which marketed the house, before it was bought by the German government in November 2016 for $13.25 million.

"The Thomas Mann House at 1550 San Remo Drive in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, was designed by the modernist architect JR Davidson for the exiled German writer Thomas Mann in 1941. Mann lived at the house between 1942 and 1952 before his emigration to Switzerland, where he spent the last three years of his life. The house is 5,000 square feet (460 m2 large and situated on a plot of an acre. In 2012, the house was put up for rent in 2012 for $15,000 per month, and for sale in 2016 for $14,995,000. The house was marketed as a potential "tear down", with no mention of Mann in accompanying sales literature. At the time of its potential sale, the house was not subject to any local historical protection orders. The house was bought by the Government of Germany in November 2016 for $13.25 million." (Source:

Filmed with support of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House e.V.

December 2 through January 1
Bergamot Station Art Center
2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit F2
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Niklas Goldbach, born in Witten, Germany, lives and works in Berlin. After studying Sociology at Bielefeld University and “Photography and Video” at the Unversity of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, he was awarded with a “Meisterschüler” degree at the University of the Arts Berlin in 2006. In 2005 he received the Fulbright Grant New York and majored in the MFA program of Hunter College, New York City.

Niklas Goldbach received several sholarships (i.e. Stiftung Kunstfonds Bonn 2010, Arbeitsstipendium Bildende Kunst des Berliner Senats 2013, Globalstipendium des Berliner Senats 2014, Dresdner Stipendium für Fotografie 2016) and presented his works in umerous solo shows, group exhibitions, and festivals such as at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Mori-Art Museum, Tokyo, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein n.b.k., Cornerhouse, Manchester, documenta 14 public programs, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Centre Pompidou, Berlinische Galerie Museum for Contemporary Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In 2014 he was awarded with the “Paula Modersohn-Becker Jubilee Award”.

Niklas Goldbach has been a visual artist-in-residence at Villa Aurora in early 2017. During his fellowship he started filming for “1550 San Remo Drive”.

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