Tate Modern Exhibition

Franz West

Franz West, Epiphanie an Stühlen 2011 Collection & © Franz West Privatstiftung.

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 – and the exhibition has been specially designed by his friend and collaborator Sarah Lucas.

Organised by Tate Modern and the Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris

Tate Modern

Bankside
London SE1 9TG
Plan your visit

Dates

20 February – 2 June 2019

Prices to be announced

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Artist

Franz West

1947–2012
Art Term

Abstract art

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use ...