Tate Modern Exhibition

Franz West

Franz West Schlieren 2010 Zabludowicz Collection, London 2001 © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Ironic, irreverent, yet profoundly philosophical, Franz West was a key figure of European art in the late 20th century

Franz West (1947–2012) brought a punk aesthetic into the pristine spaces of art galleries. His abstract sculptures, furniture, collages and large-scale works are direct, crude and unpretentious.

Visitors to this major retrospective will be able to handle replicas of his Passstücke (Adaptives) – papier-mâché pieces made to be picked up and moved. They were a turning point in the relationship between art and its audience. He also created playful sculptures incorporating objects from everyday life such as a hat, a broom, or even a whisky bottle. In his final years he produced large, brightly coloured and absurd sculptures both for galleries and public spaces.

Born and based in Vienna, West collaborated with numerous artists, musicians, writers and photographers. He has been a vast influence on younger artists – his friend and collaborator Sarah Lucas has contributed to the design of the exhibition.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.

Franz West Untitled 2007 Private collection © Estate Franz West, © Archiv Franz West

Franz West Untitled 2007 Private collection © Estate Franz West, © Archiv Franz West

Franz West Passstücke mit Box und Video 1996 Grässlin Collection, St. Georgen © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Passstücke mit Box und Video 1996 Grässlin Collection, St. Georgen © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Rrose/ Drama 2001 Telenor Art Collection © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Rrose/ Drama 2001 Telenor Art Collection © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West, ‘Viennoiserie’ 1998
Franz West
Viennoiserie 1998
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© Franz West
Franz West Epiphanie an Stühlen 2011 Estate Franz West, Vienna © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West

Franz West Epiphanie an Stühlen 2011 Estate Franz West, Vienna © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West

Franz West The First Passstück 1978-1994 Hauser & Wirth Collection, Switzerland © Estate Franz West, © Archiv Franz West

Franz West The First Passstück 1978-1994 Hauser & Wirth Collection, Switzerland © Estate Franz West, © Archiv Franz West

: Franz West Auditorium 1992 Centre national des arts plastiques On loan to Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Auditorium 1992 Centre national des arts plastiques On loan to Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Gruppe mit Kabinett 2001 Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

Franz West Gruppe mit Kabinett 2001 Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Tate (Matt Greenwood)

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Dates

20 February – 2 June 2019

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