In 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.
Zwirner & Wirth is pleased to present Europeans, a summer group show highlighting some of the most important contemporary artists to emerge from Europe in recent years. Included in the exhibition are two significant 1980s series by German photographers Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth: Ruff's early series of small portraits of friends and acquaintances, and Struth's stark, black and white images of urban European architecture. In addition, the exhibition presents the Wurst series of color photographs by the artists Fischli & Weiss, a whimsically cinematic and consciously ham-fisted narrative in which sausages, cigarette butts, and pickles inhabit a low-budget landscape of transformed household objects.
Rosemarie Trockel is represented by a well-known knit painting which refers to the signature work of Niele Toroni, along with several of her darkly enigmatic works on paper. Also on view are the quirky sculptures and rare tactile collages of Franz West, as well as a unique collaborative floor sculpture by Thomas Schutte and Richard Deacon. Completing the exhibition are two poetically disquieting paintings, Drops and Lamproom, by the Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, alongside Voodoo Child, a primal and earthy 1996 work on paper by Marlene Dumas.
Opening on Wednesday, April 21, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Austrian artist Franz West. This will be the artist's fourth exhibition at David Zwirner.
Franz West has been showing continuously since the mid-1970s. His works were included in large international exhibitions such at Documenta IX & X in Kassel; the Münster Skulptur Projekte; and at the last Venice Biennale. In 1997 his work was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a midcareer survey is currently on exhibit at the Rooseum in Sweden. The artist was recently awarded the Wolfgang Hahn prize from the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
For this exhibition the artist will bring to the gallery three small installations as well as a group of recent sculptures. One of the works, the "Internet Bed", is a large-scale sculpture, which enables the gallery viewers to access and browse the World Wide Web. The artist's current exhibition at the Rooseum can also be visited via the "Internet Bed", as well as the gallery's website, which is to premier in the first week of May.
Opening on Wednesday, June 10th, the gallery will present a collaboration between Franz West and Heimo Zobernig. In 1997 Franz West and Heimo Zobernig created the Documenta Caf_ for Documenta X, curated by Catherine David. Now the Cafe is augmented by a Bar, which was shown earlier this year at the Fundaçao de Serralves in Oporto, Portugal. The Bar will turn the gallery into a space where World Cup '98 games are being screened daily.
In the back gallery, David Zwirner will present a Video Library for the duration of the exhibition. The gallery has asked artists, curators, writers, and collectors to compile lists of videos that they consider crucial for a library of both historic and current single-channel works. Many of these videos will be available for individual viewing on various monitors. A librarian will be on hand to play any tape from the library on request. On various occasions through the last five years, the gallery has featured exhibitions of singlechannel video. Since there has been a remarkable development of this medium towards a greater audience, the gallery would like to provide an opportunity for its public to view these works in one place.
The following people have helped put this Video Library together: Mike Ballou; Electronic Arts Intermix; Dan Graham; Kate Horsfield; Chrissie Iles; Kasper Koenig; Carole Ann Klonarides; Greg Linn; Clayton Press; and Diana Thater.
Works by the following artists will be on view: Vito Acconci; Michel Auder; Lutz Bacher; Sadie Benning; Dara Birnbaum; Skip Blumberg; Angela Bulloch; Peter Campus; Stan Douglas; Juan Downey; Jeanne Dunning; Fischli and Weiss; Terry Fox; Gilbert and George; David Hammons; Joan Jonas; Mike Kelley; Mark Leckey; Paul McCarthy; MICA TV; Matt Mullican; Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik; Raymond Pettibon; Steven Pippin; Raphael Montanez Ortiz; Tony Oursler; Pipilotti Rist; Kay Rosen; Martha Rosler; Rikrit Tiravanija; Steina and Woody Vasulka; Bill Viola; Gillian Wearing; Lawrence Weiner; Franz West; Jane and Louise Wilson; Bruce and Norman Yonemoto; Heimo Zobernig; and others.
Opening on Tuesday, February 1, 1995, the gallery will feature the work of Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman, and Franz West.
All four artists have been and continue to be important for a younger generation of artists working today. While these artists are versatile in their use of a variety of mediums; from works on paper; to large-scale sculptures; to video, it is interesting how performance has been a continuous element in their work.
Opening on Saturday, September 17, to coincide with the SOHO Block Party, the gallery will present an exhibition by the Austrian artist Franz West entitled "Home Elements (A Retrospective)". This will be the second time Franz West is exhibiting at David Zwirner.
"Home Elements (A Retrospective)" will coincide with Franz West's large scale site specific installation at the DIA Center for the Arts, entitled "Rest" which will open on September 16, 1994.
"Rest" mirrors the artist highly successful recent installation "Test" at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. With the DIA installation, the artist aims to create a thought provoking and user-friendly public sculpture.
In contrast, with "Home Elements (A Retrospective)" Franz West has assembled sculpture, furniture, and works on paper which aim to reach into the private sphere of domesticity. This body of work will invite the viewer to interact with it. The collectors of this work are encouraged to substitute the exhibited "Home Elements" with comparable objects or furniture from their home.
The potential of interactive sculpture has been a continuous theme in Franz West's career culminating with recent large scale public works at Documenta IX in Kassel, Germany, Los Angeles MoCA , and now at DIA. For the show at David Zwirner, the artist will not only show new work, but also bring to the gallery a selection of earlier work which will help create a context for the installation at DIA. Since this is not meant as a complete survey of the artist's work, West has put the subtitle "(A Retrospective)" in parenthesis. Of special interest will be Franz West's very first interactive sculpture ("Passtück") which dates back to 1977 and is being shown here for the first time in the United States. He has also created a new instructional video demonstrating possible ways to use this work.
We are pleased to announce the opening of David Zwirner, a gallery located on the ground floor of 43 Greene Street in lower Soho. The gallery will focus on contemporary and emerging artists from the United States as well as from Europe. We will open on February 5, 1993 with an exhibition of new work by the Austrian artist FRANZ WEST. During the remainder of this season we will exhibit works by STAN DOUGLAS, ANGELA BULLOCH, KEVIN LANDERS and FRED EINHORN; as well as a special project by RAYMOND PETTIBON.
The gallery's inaugural exhibition will feature new work by FRANZ WEST. In this show, the artist's first one-person exhibition in the United States since his "Possibilities" show at the P.S.1 Museum in June 1989, FRANZ WEST will exhibit a series of new sculptures and an installation which includes a video made in collaboration with the Austrian film-maker BERNARD RIFF.