Bruce Nauman, <em>Violins violence silence</em>, 1981, Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frame, ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland, Lent by Anthony d'Offay 2010 | Courtesy of ARS, NY and DACS, London 2020
The revolutionary restlessness of Bruce Nauman runs through neon tubes that, in the halls of the Tate Modern, breathe life into the largest exhibition dedicated to the American video-artist in the last twenty years. From 7 October, key works such as Double Steel Cage Piece from 1974, Anthro/Socio (Rinde Spinning) and Clown Torture from 1987, along with other stunning installations which emphasise the element of sound, sculptural poetics and moving images, connect viewers and the universe of the artist. The revolutionary works of the artist that cultivated, since his youth, a love for playing the bass and guitar - a passion that brought him to explore music theory and remain enthralled by Arnold Schönberg - use sound, film, video and neon and have influenced various generations of artists. The American performance artist, a lover of philosophy and known for his analytic approach to the study of language and its potential, will be a guest of the Tate until February 21, 2021.
The dining halls of the V&A are over 150 years old. Designed by stars of interior design of the 1800s, it transformed the experience of visiting the museum and was well ahead of its time in respect to the rest of the world.