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Bruce Nauman

Disappearing Acts

17 Mar - 26 Aug 2018

Installation view: Bruce Nauman, Model for Trench and Four Buried Passages, 1977
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, Model for Trench and Four Buried Passages, 1977, Plaster, fiberglass, and wire, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, i through vii, 2015/2016
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, i through vii, 2015/2016, Seven-channel video installation (color, sound), seven projections, continuous play, jointly owned by Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, gift of the president 2017, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel; and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired in part through the generosity of Agnes Gund, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Bruce Nauman, Green Horses, 1988 (still)
Video installation, color, 59:40 min., with two color video monitors, two DVD players, video projector, and chair. Dimensions variable. Purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, 2007, photo: Ron Amstutz, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, Green Horses, 1988
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, Green Horses, 1988, Two-channel video installation (color, sound), one projection, two monitors, and chair, 59:40 min., continuous play, purchased jointly by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, with funds from the Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, with funds from the Director's Discretionary Fund and the Painting and Sculpture Committee, 2007, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Installation view: Works by Bruce Nauman
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with works by Bruce Nauman, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, Leaping Foxes, 2018
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, Leaping Foxes, 2018, Polyurethane foam with steel and wire cables, Collection the artist, Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, Neon tubing with clear-glass-tubing suspension frame, Collection the artist, exhibition copy, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, Neon tubing with clear-glass-tubing suspension frame, Collection the artist, exhibition copy, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
Bruce Nauman Light Trap for Henry Moore No. 1, 1967
Black and white photograph, 62 × 41 5/8 in. (157.5 × 105.7 cm), Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, photo: Alex Jamison, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich
Installation view: Bruce Nauman, Square, Triangle, Circle, 1984
Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts, 17 March to 26 August 2018, Schaulager® Münchenstein/Basel, installation view with Bruce Nauman, Square, Triangle, Circle, 1984, Plaster, steel, and wood, Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Tom Bisig, Basel
BRUCE NAUMAN
Disappearing Acts
17 March - 26 August 2018

Schaulager presents a long overdue retrospective exhibition showcasing the work of one of the most important artists of our day. The exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” has been organized by the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

25 years have passed since the full spectrum of Bruce Nauman’s oeuvre was last given due attention. The exhibition includes video works, drawings, photographs, sculptures, neon pieces, and large-scale installations. In addition to key masterpieces, there are also lesser-known works and, as a world premiere, the 3D video projection Contrapposto Split, the monumental sculpture Leaping Foxes as well as the first ever showing in Europe of his recently created Contrapposto Studies, i through vii.

Born in the American Midwest in 1941, Nauman now lives and works in New Mexico. His groundbreaking oeuvre has made him a central figure in contemporary art, exploring themes such as language and physicality while at the same time plumbing the depths of power structures and regulatory frameworks. By insistently calling into question our aesthetic and moral values, as well as our habitual ways of seeing, Bruce Nauman challenges our perceptions and imaginings in ever new ways. “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” surveys five decades of this elusive artist’s many-faceted oeuvre, which, to this day, has lost nothing of its immediacy, freshness, and topicality.
 

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