Franz West and His Punk Aesthetic
弗朗茲·韋斯特與他的朋克美學


Tate Modern
2/20/19–6/2/19

Ironic, irreverent, yet profoundly philosophical, Franz West was a key figure of European art in the late 20th century. Franz West by Tate Modern will be the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of the artist’s work ever staged in the UK.

 

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.

 

 

This ambitious exhibition will explore the irreverent sensibility and playful approach to materials, colour and form that characterise West’s punk aesthetic. Almost 200 works including abstract sculptures, furniture, collages and monumental outdoor works, will be brought together showing him as one of the most influential artists of the past 50 years. His friend and former collaborator Sarah Lucas will contribute to the exhibition by designing walls and pedestals, bringing her unique material language to the display of Franz West’s playful yet profoundly philosophical work.

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.

 

 

此次展覽將通過作品的材質、顏色、性質探索韋斯特的不慎權威且頗具風趣的朋克美學。約200件作品,包括抽象雕塑、家具、拼貼和室外紀念碑作品,共同呈現了韋斯特作為過去五十年最有影響力的藝術家之壹的卓越成就。韋斯特的摯友及前任合作者薩拉·盧卡斯為展覽設計了墻壁和雕塑基座,由此將她個人化的設計語言融入韋斯特童趣卻富含深意的作品陳列中。

展覽觀眾將有機會上手觸摸弗朗茲混凝紙漿作品Passstucke的模型,這件作品曾代表了藝術品與其觀眾間關系的轉折點。弗朗茲還創作了很多童趣地、取源自日常生活用品的雕塑作品,比如帽子、掃帚,甚至威士忌的瓶子。在他藝術生涯中最後幾年的代表作則為大型的、顏色鮮亮的、形狀荒唐的畫廊內及公共空間雕塑作品。

 

在維也納出生成長,弗朗茲與大量藝術家、音樂家、作家和攝影師共事過。直至今天,他對年輕壹代的藝術家們也有極大程度的影響。此次展覽由泰特美術館、蓬皮杜藝術中心、巴黎國立現代藝術博物館共同合作,將會是英國史上第壹次弗朗茲大型回顧展及最全面的作品展。