Mike Kelley and Franz West
To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix)
October 13, October 20, and November 21, 2018, 9pm
Centre Pompidou, Paris
To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix) (1999) is an experimental theater piece by artists Mike Kelley and Franz West. On the occasion of West’s retrospective at Centre Pompidou, director Fanny de Chaillé presents a reenactment of this work—a dialogue in which the artists reflect on the development of their practices within the avant-garde scenes of Los Angeles and Vienna since the 1970s—within West’s installation Auditorium (1992). The event is free with museum admission.
Mike Kelley and Franz West’s poster design for performance of To Be Read Aloud (À haute voix) (1999). Artwork © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All rights reserved/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; and © Archiv Franz West
February 20–June 2, 2019
Tate Modern, London
Tate Modern presents a retrospective on the work of Franz West, with almost two hundred artworks West made between 1972 and 2012. The show includes his rarely exhibited drawings from the early 1970s as well as his first sculptures, Passstücke, begun in 1973, alongside a selection of the papier-mâché sculptures of the 1980s, and West’s celebrated collaborations with fellow artists. The exhibition also features the collages and drawings of his later years, as well as models for open-air works and a selection of such sculptures, in addition to his furniture works. This extensive presentation highlights not only the artist’s outstanding capacity for formal invention, but also his irreverent and caustic sensibility. This exhibition has traveled from the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Franz West, Herbert Brandl, Otto Zitko, and Heimo Zobernig, Untitled, 1988 © Estate Franz West © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich
September 12–December 10, 2018
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Centre Pompidou presents a retrospective on the work of Franz West, with almost two hundred artworks made between 1972 and 2012. The show includes his rarely exhibited drawings from the early 1970s as well as his first sculptures, Passstücke, begun in 1973–74, alongside a selection of the papier-mâché sculptures of the 1980s, and West’s celebrated collaborations with fellow artists. The exhibition also features the collages and drawings of his later years, as well as models for open-air works and a selection of such sculptures, in addition to his furniture works. This extensive presentation highlights not only the artist’s outstanding capacity for formal invention, but also his irreverent and caustic sensibility.
Franz West’s Lemurenköpfe (Lemur Heads) (1992) in his studio, Vienna, 1992. Artwork © Archiv Franz West. Photo: Harald Schönfellinger
We Are Here
August 19, 2017–April 1, 2018
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
In honor of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s fiftieth anniversary, the museum presents We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from its collection. I Am You gathers works that question how we relate to and shape our environments; You Are Here examines how the role of the viewer has changed over time; and We Are Everywhere showcases artists who borrow from popular culture. Work by Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Chris Burden, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Michael Heizer, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Bruce Nauman, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Rudolf Stingel, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.
Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986 © Jeff Koons.
Photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Paper into Sculpture
October 14, 2017–February 4, 2018
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
This exhibition plays on tensions between commonly held understandings of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do, pushed to its physical limits. Treating paper as a material with a palpable three-dimensional presence rather than as a mere support for mark making, artists in this show use processes ranging from tearing, crumpling, and cutting to scattering, binding, and adhering to create sculptural works that take a variety of forms and suggest a range of expressive and conceptual implications. Work by Nancy Rubins and Franz West is included.
Nancy Rubins, Drawing, 2005 © Nancy Rubins
September 19, 2017–January 22, 2018
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Wild West is a group exhibition commemorating the dynamic legacy of the late Austrian artist Franz West. Curated by former West collaborator Andreas Reiter Raabe, the show consists of works by Franz West, his New York–based contemporaries, including Urs Fischer and Rudolf Stingel, and commissioned works by emerging artists from both New York and Austria.
Installation view, Wild West, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, September 20, 2017–January 22, 2018. Artwork © Urs Fischer and © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by David Plakke/ACFNY
Franz West in
VIVA ARTE VIVA
May 13–November 26, 2017
57th Venice Biennale
Curated by Christine Macel, Viva Arte Viva is a Biennale designed by and for artists, about the forms they propose, the questions they ask, the practices they develop, and the ways of life they choose. The exhibition unfolds over the course of nine chapters, or families of artists, beginning with two introductory realms in the Central Pavilion, followed by seven across the Arsenale through the Giardino delle Vergini. Work by Franz West is included.
Photo by Didi Sattmann
The Marciano Collection
May 25–September 16, 2017
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles
Unpacking: The Marciano Collection is the debut presentation of the collection’s holdings organized by Philipp Kaiser. The title and theme of the show are derived from Walter Benjamin’s essay “Unpacking My Library,” in which he discusses the chaotic potentiality inherent in unpacking and recontextualizing one’s collection. Work by Mark Grotjahn, Thomas Houseago, Alex Israel, Takashi Murakami, Albert Oehlen, Sterling Ruby, Cindy Sherman, Franz West, Jonas Wood, and Christopher Wool is included.
Photo by Robert Wedemeyer
Duet with Artist
Participation as an Artistic Principle
May 21–September 3, 2017
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany
The role of the audience in the creative process of a work of art is at the center of this exhibition. Different forms of participation are offered, following directional structures evoking critical thought processes or generating collaboration with others. Work by Davide Balula, Yves Klein, Bruce Nauman, and Franz West is included.
Davide Balula, Mimed Sculptures, 2016
© Davide Balula
February 4–June 25, 2017
Lokremise, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
This exhibition focuses on the tension between the body as a sculptural volume in space and the negative space that surrounds it. The core of the show will include works by Hans Josephsohn and Franz West, while installations by Urs Fischer and Pipilotti Rist expand the dialogue.
Franz West, The First Passstück, 1978/94, Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
December 14, 2016–April 23, 2017
Curated by Harald Krejci, this window into Franz West’s collaborative art practice examines a selection of work the artist made with fellow artists such as Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, and Albert Oehlen.
Photo © Belvedere, Vienna