Menu

News / William Forsythe / Museum Exhibitions

William Forsythe, The Fact of Matter, 2009 © William Forsythe. Photo: Liza Voll

Opening this Week

William Forsythe in
Water

December 7, 2019–April 26, 2020
Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
www.qagoma.qld.gov.au

Water invites visitors to explore the vital element, which sustains all forms of life on earth. From immersive experiences to smaller-scale treasures, the exhibition highlights the importance of water and aims to spark conversations about the environmental and social challenges we face today. Work by William Forsythe is included.

William Forsythe, The Fact of Matter, 2009 © William Forsythe. Photo: Liza Voll

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000, installation view, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany © William Forsythe

Closed

William Forsythe

February 5–December 1, 2019
Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
www.museum-folkwang.de

William Forsythe is presenting four exhibitions at the Museum Folkwang over the course of 2019. The first project is the interactive video work City of Abstracts (2000), which is installed in the museum’s foyer from February until the end of May. As visitors approach the piece their images are projected onto a screen, inviting interaction as their bodies are melded into a dance of stretched and spiraled forms. The second project is Human Writes Drawings, on view for the month of June, which shows Forsythe succeeding in transferring his choreographic exploration of human rights into the genre of drawing. The third, Aviariation, on view in one of the museum’s courtyards starting June 29, sets the branches of trees planted there swaying, the leaves rustling. Besides engaging viewers, the movements have an effect on the local bird population—as the title suggests. In November, Forsythe presents the fourth and final part, Acquisition/Körperschaft, a work, featuring two dancers, that is at once performative and participatory, and that he is adapting specially for Museum Folkwang.

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000, installation view, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany © William Forsythe

Closed

William Forsythe in
Sinnesrausch: Kunst und Bewegung

May 23–October 13, 2019
OÖ Kulturquartier, Linz, Austria
www.sinnesrausch.at

This exhibition includes large installations on the roof and in the great hall that must be “actively” perceived by visitors in a playful way, not only with the eyes but with the whole body. Work by William Forsythe is included.

William Forsythe, Backwards, 2019 © William Forsythe. Photo: Blickachsen Foundation

Closed

William Forsythe in
Blickachsen 12

May 26–October 6, 2019
Various venues, Bad Homburg and Frankfurt Rhine Main, Germany
www.blickachsen.com

The twelfth edition of Blickachsen, a biennial exhibition of sculpture and installations, focuses attention on the interplay between contemporary art and its historical surroundings. The exhibition aims to show works by both young artists and renowned sculptors. Work by William Forsythe is included.

William Forsythe, Backwards, 2019 © William Forsythe. Photo: Blickachsen Foundation

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000 © William Forsythe. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

Closed

William Forsythe
Choreographic Objects

May 24–September 15, 2019
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
www.mfah.org

Since the 1990s, parallel to his stage productions, William Forsythe has developed installations, sculptures, and films that he calls Choreographic Objects. Blurring the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation, these works invite the viewer to engage with the fundamental ideas of choreography.

William Forsythe, City of Abstracts, 2000 © William Forsythe. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

Installation view, William Forsythe: Objetos coreográficos, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, March 27–July 28, 2019 © William Forsythe. Photo: Jackson Matos

Closed

William Forsythe
Objetos coreográficos

March 27–July 28, 2019
SESC Pompéia, São Paulo
www.sescsp.org.br

This exhibition presents eleven works by William Forsythe from his Choreographic Objects series. The show includes a new work created specifically for this presentation, Unsustainables, São Paulo (2019).

Installation view, William Forsythe: Objetos coreográficos, SESC Pompéia, São Paulo, March 27–July 28, 2019 © William Forsythe. Photo: Jackson Matos

William Forsythe, White Bouncy Castle, 1997 © William Forsythe

Closed

William Forsythe
White Bouncy Castle

July 11–28, 2019
Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona
es.teatrebarcelona.com

William Forsythe’s White Bouncy Castle is a choreographic space designed to accommodate spectators. Inside, the people who visit it are invited to fall and bounce, to feel their bodies completely destabilized to the sound of a musical composition created by Joel Ryan.

William Forsythe, White Bouncy Castle, 1997 © William Forsythe

William Forsythe, Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, 2011, performed by William Forsythe © William Forsythe

Closed

William Forsythe in
On danse?

January 23–May 20, 2019
Mucem, Marseille, France
www.mucem.org

This exhibition, whose title translates to Shall We Dance?, is an invitation to discover dance in places where we are not used to finding it and to realize how much that changes over our relationships to ourselves and others. Set up in an environment that invites movement, the exhibition invites visitors to come and go, sit down, have a stretch, lie down, or lean back; the show additionally comprises films, audio clips, and text extracts. Work by William Forsythe is included.

William Forsythe, Lectures from Improvisation Technologies, 2011, performed by William Forsythe © William Forsythe

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

Closed

William Forsythe
Choreographic Objects

October 31, 2018–February 21, 2019
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
www.icaboston.org

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, presents the first comprehensive American exhibition of performative objects, video installations, and interactive sculptures of William Forsythe. Since the 1990s, parallel to his stage productions, Forsythe has developed installations, sculptures, and films that he calls Choreographic Objects. Blurring the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation, these works invite the viewer to engage with the fundamental ideas of choreography. The exhibition features large-scale installations, including several works developed for the ICA.

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo: Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe, Debut, 2018 © William Forsythe. Photo: Tom Cornille

Closed

William Forsythe in
Experience Traps

June 1–September 23, 2018
Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
www.middelheimmuseum.be

In this exhibition sixteen contemporary artists who have found inspiration in the innovative ideas behind the baroque landscape try to guide our physical and mental experience. William Forsythe, a contributing artist and cocurator, has incorporated some of his well-known choreographic objects into the project to entice visitors to move around.

William Forsythe, Debut, 2018 © William Forsythe. Photo: Tom Cornille

William Forsythe, Towards the Diagnostic Gaze I, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo by Dominik Mentzos

Closed

William Forsythe in
Museum Choreography

September 29, 2017–January 7, 2018
Tartu Art Museum, Estonia
tartmus.ee

Museum Choreography is made up of works that explore the art museum context through the means of dance and choreography. The exhibited works put the audience at the center of attention by emphasizing that the museum is an environment created by people with their daily presence. Work by William Forsythe is included.

William Forsythe, Towards the Diagnostic Gaze I, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo by Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo by Dominik Mentzos

Closed

William Forsythe × Ryoji Ikeda
Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2

December 1–31, 2017
La Villette, Grande Halle, Paris
www.festival-automne.com

During the Festival d’automne William Forsythe will participate in the collaborative project William Forsythe × Ryoji Ikeda at La Villette’s Grande Halle with Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2. This immense installation is a field of moving pendulums through which visitors are invited to move at will. In doing so, they generate an infinite range of individual choreographies.

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 2, 2013 © William Forsythe. Photo by Dominik Mentzos

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 4, 2005. Photo by Mattias Givell

Closed

William Forsythe in
SculptureMotion

May 7–November 5, 2017
Wanås Konst, Knislinge, Sweden
www.wanaskonst.se

SculptureMotion brings together works that examine sculpture and movement using William Forsythe’s oeuvre as the starting point for the exhibition. Here he presents his choreographic objects in Sweden for the first time. At Wanås, he fills a room in the art gallery, sets nature in motion, and creates a new artwork for a sculpture park.

William Forsythe, Nowhere and Everywhere at the Same Time No. 4, 2005. Photo by Mattias Givell