From Vienna to the Tate Modern, the Playful Inventions of Franz West

From Vienna to the Tate Modern, the Playful Inventions of Franz West
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The irreverent punk aesthetic of Franz West invades the spaces of the Tate Modern in the first posthumous retrospective - the largest ever in the U.K. - dedicated to the Viennese artist. Abstract sculpture, mobiles, collage and monumental art installations make up a playful and, at the same time, philosophical itinerary, offering a portrait of one of the most influential figures of the last 50 years. Bringing the exhibition even closer to the spirit of West are the walls and material supports created by Sarah Lucas, friend and collaborator of the artist. Key works and rare pieces are exploding with all the creative power of West’s work - while the tiny papier-maché sculptures Passstücke (Adaptives) were made to be handled by visitors to their hearts’ content, seats and easy-chairs invite the public to physically be a part of the work, while the sacrilegious Legitimate Sculptures stimulate visceral responses and the installation Redundanz plays with the tension between vision and words. References to Wittgenstein and Lacan alternate with outings to the Viennese club scene of the ‘70s (subjects of a rare series of drawings) in works inspired by the concept of play itself. Then there’s an explosive and colourful finale with the models of the large installations of public art which graced the metropolitan landscape with the taunts and teases of West.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London