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Franz West
Upcoming Museum Exhibition: Franz West
2018
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

September 2018

The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris will present the first posthumous retrospective of the work of Franz West. Curated by Christine Macel, Chief Curator at the Centre Georges Pompidou and Mark Godfrey, Senior Curator at Tate Modern, the exhibition will span West's influential career and draws on loans of major works from institutions including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne. On view will be works dating from the 1970s onwards, including early drawings and works on paper that have rarely been presented publicly, the papier mâché sculptures of the 1980s, large-scale installations created in the 1990s, and the open-air sculptures of the 2000s. The exhibition will open in September 2018.

Franz West: Where Is My Eight?
2013
Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna

In 2013, the Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK) in Vienna presented Franz West: Where Is My Eight? (Wo ist mein Achter?). This was the second major exhibition of the artist’s work at the museum in his native city of Vienna following Franz West: Proforma, a midcareer survey in 1996. Both exhibitions were curated by Eva Badura-Triska.

Where Is My Eight? included some 150 works based on a preliminary selection drawn up by the artist before his death in 2012. The show focused on the Kombi-Werke (Combi-Works), in which West would combine existing works to create new installations; also included were individual pieces drawn from throughout the artist’s career, for example his Passstücke (Adaptives), furniture, sculptures, videos, works on paper, and pieces created in cooperation with other artists. As Faye Hirsch wrote in an extended article for Art in America, "The playfulness and wit that characterized West’s art throughout his career were much in evidence. . . . Walking through the show, one is struck as much by the work’s connection to Brancusi and Giacometti as to the anti-art impulses of Duchamp and Fluxus."

Versions of the exhibition were subsequently presented at the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt (2013) and the Hepworth Wakefield in England (2014), where West’s work was placed in dialogue with sculptures by the late Barbara Hepworth. "Playfully nestled alongside the elegant, anthropomorphic curves of Barbara Hepworth’s plaster prototypes," Louisa Elderton wrote in a review for Flash Art, "West’s Das Geraune (Murmuring) (1988) was veritably buzzing with energized textural surfaces and peep holes for the viewer’s eyes only."

The exhibition was accompanied by a publication with texts by Eva Badura-Triska, Klaus Goerner, Georg Grooelle, Peter Keicher, and Andreas Reiter-Raabe.

Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008
2008
The Baltimore Museum of Art; traveled to Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, Franz West, To Build a House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972–2008 surveyed nearly forty years of work by the artist. The exhibition showcased Franz West’s dynamic range of work, from his interactive Passstücke (Adaptives) of the 1970s to large-scale outdoor sculptures begun in the mid-1990s made from aluminum and painted in bright colors. In the catalogue accompanying the show, the curator Darsie Alexander recalls how "an exhibition [of West’s work] at David Zwirner, New York, in the mid-1990s kindled a spark that has ignited into this exhibition."

On the occasion of the exhibition, West produced a new outdoor sculpture, The Ego and the Id (2008). As Peter Schjeldahl wrote in The New Yorker, "West’s recent abstract, painted-aluminum sculptures . . . may be the most energetic and affable art for public spaces since Alexander Calder. . . . A new, colossal piece, created for Baltimore, is West’s strongest yet. The Ego and the Id, in two parts, deploys twisting, soaring loops in various toothsome colors, and sprouts stools for sitting."

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16 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches (41.3 x 32.4 cm)
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Untitled (Figure in Desert)

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1976

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12 1/4 x 9 3/4 inches (31.1 x 24.8 cm)
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Untitled

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c. 1970

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12 x 15 3/8 inches (30.5 x 39.1 cm)
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Colored pencil and ballpoint pen on paper
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Nachts (Night)

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1983

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12 x 15 3/8 inches (30.5 x 39.1 cm)
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Colored pencil, graphite, and ballpoint pen on paper
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Die Quadratur des Kreises (The Squaring of the Circle)

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1983

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20 3/4 x 26 5/8 inches (52.7 x 67.6 cm)
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Part of West's series of collages, the present work comprises gestural brushstrokes of red, purple, blue, and white paint that surround and at times obscure the figures of two nude women, producing an image that is at once dynamically charged and humorously unsettling.

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In Swanns Welt (Swann's Way)

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1983

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17 x 33 1/2 inches (43.2 x 85.1 cm)
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Part of the artist's series of collages, the present work depicts four nude women around which the artist painted backdrops of red, pink, purple, white, and black paint, creating a suite of images that are both dynamically charged and unsettling.

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Von roter Grütze befangen und danach… (Trapped by Red Groats and Afterwards…)

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1987

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Dimensions vary with each installation Left Passstück: 27 x 21 x 17 inches (68.6 x 53.3 x 43.2 cm) Right Passstück: 29 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches (73.7 x 41.9 x 25.4 cm) Board: 1 x 87 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (2.5 x 222.3 x 59.7 cm)
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Papier-mâché, plaster, metal, and paint in two (2) parts with accompanying video and monitor on wooden board
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Passstücke (mit Video mit Verwendungstips) (Adaptives [with video with usage tips])

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1996

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Chair, each: 33 x 17 x 17 inches (83.8 x 43.2 x 43.2 cm) Sculpture: 18 x 18 1/2 x 20 inches (45.7 x 47 x 50.8 cm)
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Installation in three (3) parts with two (2) chairs (wood, paint, and metal) and one (1) sculpture (papier-mâché, paint, cardboard, gauze, and polyester)
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2625

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1991/1999

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67 5/16 x 55 1/8 x 14 5/8 inches (171 x 140 x 37 cm)
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Papier-mâché, plaster, gauze, dispersion, wood, and iron
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Paravent (Passstück) (Screen [Adaptive])

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c. 1982

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Dimensions vary with each installation, 27 x 21 x 17 inches (left Passstück) (68.6 x 53.3 x 43.2 cm), 29 x 16 1/2 x 10 inches (right Passstück), (73.7 x 41.9 x 25.4 cm), 1 x 87 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches (board) (2.5 x 222.3 x 59.7 cm)
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Passstücke (mit Video mit Verwendungstipps) (Adaptives [with video with usage tips])

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1996

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