Franz West (b. 1947 Austria, d. 2012) lived and worked in Austria and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His earliest works were collages and small sculptures made from papier-mâché. These works, called ‘Adaptives’, were meant to be portable, and interacted with by the viewer. By the 1980s, West began to construct more permanent installations of usable seating and lounging areas. Through these works, he explored the relationship between art and everyday life and challenged traditional notions of the experience of the art object. Selected solo exhibitions include: Mumok, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna (2013); Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, UK (2013); Collaboration with Franz West and Anselm Reyle, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2012); Kammergarten/Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, Austria (2010); Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2009); Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California 2009); Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland, US (2009); MAK, Vienna, Austria (2008); Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia (2005); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2003); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria (2003); MassMoca, North Adams, Massachusetts (2003); Palacio de Velázquez/Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2001); ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2001); Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden (2001); and Middelheim Open Air Museum, Antwerp (1998).
Last updated: 04.10.2014