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Austrian, 1947 — 2012

Through mainly sculptural work, Franz West explores ways to approach an art object. Deeply rooted in Viennese Actionism and Performance Art of the 1960s and 1970s, his complex anthropomorphic creations invite viewers to interact with them. Prompted to touch, handle and use the works, they become active participants in them.

In 2007, the Palazzo Grassi commissioned one of West's famous furniture sculptures, a functional installation where visitors can rest, to create a "sculptural shelter" in the museum. The result is the bold Oasis environment based on the rich past of the Palazzo Grassi and its location on the Grand Canal.

West's works in the Pinault Collection were first displayed at the Palazzo Grassi during the "Sequence 1" show in 2007. MoMA hosted his first solo show in 1997.

Bettelstab, c. 1978
Franz West

Lemurenköpfe (Lemure Heads), 1992
Franz West

Almanach, 2006
Franz West

Worktable and Workbench, 2006
Franz West

Sammelwand/Collecting Wall, 2007
Franz West

Oasis, 2007
Franz West

Ossi aussi Ossi, 1984
Franz West

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Exhibitions

 

Accrochage, Pointe de la Douane, Venice
17/04/2016 - 20/11/16

 

Mapping the Studio, Palazzo Grassi — Punta della Dogana, Venice
06/06/2009 - 10/04/11

 

Sequence 1, Palazzo Grassi, Venice
05/05/2007 - 11/11/07

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