West, who died in 2012, was a Viennese conceptual artist whose influences included Joseph Beuys and Constantin Brâncuşi. Inspired variously by pop art, arte povera and actionism, West's art offers visual, tactile and immersive access to abstract expressionism.
Franz West, Epiphanie an Stühlen, 2011
Almost 200 works spanning West's entire career will be displayed in the gallery, including sculptures, furniture, collages and towering outdoor monuments. Visitors can handle individual paßstüke – 'adaptable fragments' – in curtained cubicles or select reading material and lounge on items of giant pink furniture.
An untitled collaboration between West, Brandl, Zitko and Zobernig, 1988
Five dramatic aluminium sculptures will be displayed on the gallery’s South Landing, including the snaking, bubblegum pink Rrose or DRAMA, 2011. The exhibition was in part designed by West’s friend and collaborator Sarah Lucas, and first ran in the Pompidou late last year. Studio International's Imogen Greenhalgh said of it that the 'world of Franz West leaves you feeling slightly scrambled, if wholly absorbed'.
Franz West, Rrose / DRAMA, 2001
West was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale in 2011, and continued to work until his death the following year. His philosophy was simple: art can combine inspiration with leisure and is experienced best when sitting or lying on it.
|What||Franz West exhibition, Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Blackfriars (underground)|
20 Feb 19 – 02 Jun 19, Open until 22:00 Friday and Saturday
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