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Franz West

Artistclub

14 Dec 2016 - 23 Apr 2017

Exhibition view "Franz West - ARTISTCLUB", 2016
Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
Franz West – et al., Extroversion, 2011
Franz West Privatstiftung, Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
Installation consisting of 43 artworks by Franz West and assistants, art friends and colleagues diverse materials ca. 345 × 800 × 900 cm (with hanging and standing objects)
Franz West – et al., Extroversion, 2011
Franz West Privatstiftung, Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
Installation consisting of 43 artworks by Franz West and assistants, art friends and colleagues diverse materials ca. 345 × 800 × 900 cm (with hanging and standing objects)
Franz West – Anselm Reyle, Stolen Fantasy, 2011
Courtesy Anselm Reyle und Verlassenschaft nach Franz West, Exhibition view Franz West - ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
Exhibition view "Franz West - ARTISTCLUB"
Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, 2016, © Archiv Franz West
Franz West – Tamuna Sirbiladze, Moonlight, 2001
Permanent loan from Ernst Ploil, Belveder, Vienna, Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
installation, mixed materials production mural painting 2016: Heiri Häfliger 350 x 750 x 300 cm
Franz West – Douglas Gordon, Every, Little, 2003
Franz West Privatstiftung, Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
divans: metal, foam, linen divans: 92 x 236 x 82 cm; 92 x 236 x 84 cm complete installation: variable dimensions
Franz West – Rudolf Polanszky, Siesta, 2003
Courtesy Franz West Privatstiftung (cover Salammbô) and Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt a. M., Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
bed/lounger: metal, 4 rollers, mattress, linen, cover Salammbô painting Ohne Titel (1990) by Rudolf Polanszky: acrylic, sculpture on canvas painting: 197 × 146 cm, complete installation: variable dimensions
Heimo Zobernig, untitled, 2016
© Belvedere, Vienna, donation by the artist, Photo: Belvedere, Vienna
Franz West – Andreas Reiter Raabe, Fleur Mal, 2012
Courtesy Andreas Reiter Raabe, Exhibition view Franz West – ARTISTCLUB, 2016, Photo: © Belvedere, Vienna, © Archiv Franz West
from the series „Fleur Mal“, 2012, LED lamps, papier-mâché, cardboard tubes, acrylic paint, metal chain, ca. 35 × 73 × 77 cm
FRANZ WEST
Artistclub
14 December 2016 - 23 April 2017

Curated by Harald Krejci

From December 14, 2016, to April 23, 2017, the 21er Haus will present central works by the Austrian artist Franz West (1947–2012) in an exhibition entitled Franz West – ARTISTCLUB. The works on view were made by 36 different artists in collaboration with Franz West. The so-called ARTISTCLUB began as a participatory project started by West in 1999. Even though it did not achieve its desired form while the artist was alive, here it can be experienced as a curatorial idea. Viewer participation and the collaboration with other artists play a central role in West’s artistic practice. He continually challenged the relationship between the artist, the artistic work, and the recipient in a radical way. The exhibition aims to reflect West’s concepts of art as a participatory act, the inclusion of various artistic positions via the process of collaboration, and the associated idea of authorship.
The 21er Haus attempts to revive West’s concept of the ARTISTCLUB. Starting in mid-January, this idea will be newly interpreted every second Wednesday between 6:00 and 9:00 PM. Heimo Zobernig’s central four-meter-large artwork will, in this sense, specifically serve as an “open stage” for lectures, talks, concerts, performances, and much more. Moreover, any visitor to the 21er Haus exhibition is invited to interact with the objects, which includes the opportunity to sit on any seating areas.

Born in Vienna in 1947, Franz West discovered his passion for the art world early on in his youth. He gained insight into international art movements and maintained constant contact with Vienna’s intellectual scene. His intensive pursuit of and reflection upon philosophical writings throughout his life had a crucial impact on his artistic work. Spontaneous and self-educated, West started his artistic production in 1970. His initial works, small and on paper, were followed by his first so-called Adaptives (Passstücke), that emerged in the 1970s. These functioned as sculptural extensions of the human body that turned the viewer into an integral part of each artwork.

West’s prominent pieces of seating furniture and his large-scale outdoor sculptures were based on his principle of participation. His work concept was defined by structures that were transformable, perceptual, and relational. As opposed to works conceived of as fully independent, his work avoided formulating any definite answers. West’s sculptures and installations always offer the visitor the opportunity to engage in a dialogue, and are read on both a physical and an intellectual level.

Beginning with his Adaptives (Passstücke), West’s open work concept is played out in his modification of the meaning of authority. Through co-authorship and collaboration as well as through the re-launching of works from various creative phases and involvement by other artists, West introduced a subversive and often humorous form of play with the way authorship is attributed to artworks. This 21er Haus exhibition aims to display and investigate the different scenarios by which this play manifested itself.

With this in mind, it is important to note another significant work by West, named Extroversion, that was conceived for the 2011 Biennale di Venezia. In this work, West practically turned the walls of his studio kitchen inside out. Made by friends, colleagues, and co-workers, it involves 43 different artistic works that similarly upend themselves. While retaining their autonomy, they also come together to form a larger, more complex work of art. In addition to the typical conceptual displacement between work and the author, Extroversion also introduces a new and exciting aspect of West’s experience and treatment of space and architecture. The work itself, therefore, forms the starting point for an additional focus of the exhibition, one that concretely explores his approach toward space and architecture.

The exhibition shows Franz West together with Bizhan Bassiri, Elisabetta Benassi, Songül Boyraz, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Plamen Dejanoff & Svetlana Heger, Mathis Esterhazy, Marina Faust, Marco Fedele di Catrano, Urs Fischer, Herbert Flois, Gelitin, Douglas Gordon, Heiri Häfliger, Richard Hoeck, Peter Höll, Franz Kapfer, Mike Kelley, Leopold Kessler, Roland Kollnitz, Anita Leisz, Sarah Lucas, Otto Muehl, Albert Oehlen, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rudolf Polanszky, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Anselm Reyle, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Josh Smith, Johann Szenizcei, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Hans Weigand, Erwin Wurm, Heimo Zobernig.
 

Tags: Bizhan Bassiri, Elisabetta Benassi, Songül Boyraz, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Marco Fedele di Catrano, Mathis Esterhazy, Marina Faust, Urs Fischer, Herbert Flois, Gelitin, Douglas Gordon, Heiri Häfliger, Plamen Dejanoff & Svetlana Heger, Richard Hoeck, Peter Höll, Franz Kapfer, Mike Kelley, Leopold Kessler, Roland Kollnitz, Harald Krejci, Anita Leisz, Sarah Lucas, Otto Muehl, Albert Oehlen, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rudolf Polanszky, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Anselm Reyle, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Josh Smith, Johann Szenizcei, Octavian Trauttmansdorff, Zlatan Vukosavljevic, Hans Weigand, Franz West, Erwin Wurm, Heimo Zobernig

 
 
Selected Works
Viviane Sassen Black hole #01 (2014)
Alfredo Jaar Other People Think (2012)
Fabian Knecht Isolation (Dead Tree) 2017
Pipilotti Rist Open My Glade (2000)
Ed van der Elsken Beethovenstraat, Amsterdam (1967)