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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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2625

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1991

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work in 2 parts: 70 7/8 x 23 5/8 x 64 5/8 inches (51 5/8 x 60 x 164 cm)
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Der Ast am Asten (Mot Porte-Manteau)

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1998

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37 x 52 1/2 inches (94 x 133.4 cm)
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Paint, wax, and collage on paper in artist's frame
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Vorm Abendbrot (Before Supper)

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1997

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39 x 89 x 32 1/2 inches (99.1 x 226.1 x 82.6 cm)
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Divan

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2003

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Papier-mâché, paint, gauze, gesso, metal, and plastic with four (4) bookshelf pedestals
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2 to 2 (do too 2 [too do 2 {to do two}])​

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1994

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Collection of David and Monica Zwirner, New York

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Untitled (Five Years DZ)

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1998

On the occasion of the gallery’s 25th anniversary, David Zwirner will present a special exhibition celebrating the artists who have shaped the gallery’s program since its founding in 1993.

 

On view across all of the gallery’s Chelsea spaces in New York (519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street and 537 West 20th Street), the exhibition will feature artworks by the gallery’s artists, including significant historical work, alongside new and never-before-seen works commissioned specially for the occasion.

 

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Carol Bove
Lemon, 2017
Stainless steel, found steel, and urethane paint
62 3/4 x 113 3/4 x 55 1/2 inches (159.4 x 288.9 x 141 cm)
Josef Albers
Study for Homage to the Square: Distant, 1964
Oil on Masonite
Framed: 24 5/8 x 24 5/8 inches (62.5 x 62.5 cm)
Marcel Dzama
Die Verwandlung, 2017
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper
Framed: 94 3/4 x 66 inches (240.7 x 167.6 cm)
Jeff Koons
Bluebird Planter, 2010-2016
Mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating and live flowering plants
82 1/2 x 115 x 41 1/2 inches (209.5 x 292.1 x 105.4 cm)
Philip-Lorca diCorcia
Buddy, 2017
Inkjet print
Framed: 45 1/4 x 64 1/2 inches (114.9 x 163.8 cm)
Wolfgang Tillmans
Vapeur, 2017
Inkjet print on paper, clips
161 3/4 x 108 1/8 inches (410.8 x 274.6 cm)
Ruth Asawa
Untitled (S.535, Hanging Five Lobed Continuous Form within a Form and Two Interior Spheres and One Teardrop Form), 1951
Hanging sculpture—iron and brass wire
87 x 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (221 x 31.8 x 31.8 cm)
Josh Smith
Coming Home, 2018
Oil on linen
60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)

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Namensbild Attila

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ca. 1975 - 1985

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Paßstück

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ca. 1980

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Untitled (Spill)

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1977

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