The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Tate opens most comprehensive survey of Franz West's work ever staged in the UK
Franz West at Tate Modern, installation view 2019. Photo: © Tate, Lucy Dawkins

LONDON.- Tate Modern presents a major exhibition of the work of Franz West (1947-2012). Organised by Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou, this is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work ever staged in the UK. This ambitious exhibition explores the irreverent sensibility and playful approach to materials, colour and form that characterise West’s punk aesthetic. Almost 200 works including abstract sculptures, furniture, collages and monumental outdoor works, are brought together to show him as one of the most influential artists of the past 50 years.

Franz West offers the first opportunity to recognise the artist’s legacy, celebrating West’s astounding contribution over four decades and uniting key and rarely seen pieces from across his remarkable career. His friend and former collaborator Sarah Lucas has contributed to the exhibition by designing walls and pedestals, bringing her unique material language to the display of Franz West’s playful yet profoundly philosophical work.

Play and participation were central throughout West’s career. His early series of small abstract sculptures Passstücke (Adaptives), were designed to be touched, worn and manipulated by the public, eschewing beauty in favour of tactile imperfection. Tate Modern shows First Passstück 1978/1994 alongside other important original works from the series, and the installation Passstücke mit Box und Video 1996 where four pieces can be handled by visitors. From the 1980s onwards, this exploration into interactivity inspired West to experiment with chairs and other furniture, sometimes inviting audiences to utilise the art work and become part of it themselves. The exhibition brings together furniture works first displayed in the artist’s pivotal 1989 exhibition at the Haus Lange Museum, as well as later, large-scale installations such as Auditorium 1992, West’s contribution to Documenta IX, and Epiphany on Chairs 2011.

The exhibition also includes a large presentation of the artist’s iconic works in papier-mâché. In contrast to the earlier Passstücke, these irreverently named Legitimate Sculptures were not intended to be handled, but do provoke visceral viewing experiences, at times repulsive or seductive. Occasionally these sculptures were created to stand on unconventional or deliberately crude plinths. In one remarkable collaboration to be exhibited at Tate Modern, Heimo Zobernig created oblong pedestals to sit both beneath and astride West’s coarse and riotously polychromatic sculptures. In the mid-1980s and early 90s, West also displayed texts alongside some works, serving as an invitation to reconsider the sculptures in unexpected ways. Redundanz 1986, a complex three-part ensemble is accompanied by an enigmatic text that stresses the difference between language and art as ways of understanding the world. These works, as with all of West’s sculptures, show how his art making was always indirectly related to his enquiries into philosophy and psychoanalytic theories.

The exhibition culminates in an explosion of colour, with an array of West’s dramatic aluminum works and a collection of maquettes for the artist’s outdoor sculptures. Six of these monumental structures, including Dorit 2002 a six-metre tall tower in vibrant pink, are installed on Tate Modern’s South Landscape. Further highlights include rarely seen sketches depicting vivid scenes from Vienna’s night clubs of the 1970s and a selection of West’s provocative poster designs.

Franz West is curated by Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator, International Art (Europe and the Americas), Tate Modern and Christine Macel, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou with Monika Bayer-Wermuth at Tate Modern and Loïc Le Gall and Luise Willer at Centre Pompidou. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, and is accompanied by a catalogue from Tate Publishing and a programme of talks and events in the gallery.

Today's News

February 23, 2019

Tate opens most comprehensive survey of Franz West's work ever staged in the UK

VOLTA New York 2019 postponed

Sotheby's reveals designs for its expanded & reimagined galleries in New York

Extraordinary collection of Chinese tomb sculpture opens at the Bruce Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art announces new appointments

Tiny T-rex sheds light on prime dino predators

Bonhams to hold new African Art Sale in New York

Exhibition revisits abstract works shown in Victor Pasmore's lauded 1965 retrospective at the Tate

Exhibition presents close to forty models for Isa Genzken's outdoor projects since the 1980s

Star conductor Barenboim hits back after criticisms

mumok opens an exhibition of works by Christian Kosmas Mayer

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac opens its third solo exhibition of works by Austrian artist Nick Oberthaler

A recently discovered trove of paintings reveals a troubled artist's passion for creative expression

Gray's auction includes works by Zdeněk Sklenář, Edris Eckhardt, (after) Margaretha Haverman, others

Innovative exhibition celebrates the work and legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe

Wadsworth Atheneum brings acclaimed Landline series by Sean Scully to the Northeast

Major survey of the work of Laurie Simmons opens in Chicago

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: The second edition of India's largest photography event kicks off

Württembergischer Kunstverein opens an exhibition dedicated to the work of Lorenza Böttner

MARC STRAUS opens second solo exhibition with New York based Swiss artist Liliane Tomasko

Exhibition of contemporary Peruvian art opens at Madrid's El Instante Fundación

Exhibition at the Saint Louis Art Museum features new work by Oliver Laric

Nicole Farhi opens her first ever solo museum exhibition at Gainsborough's House

Art Gallery of New South Wales welcomes Miranda Carroll to the position of Director of Public Engagement

The Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger opens an exhibition of Hanns Schimansky's recent works

Homework writing suggestions for college students

What about to go to a museum on the first date?

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful