Franz West at the 21er Haus

The prolific artist’s collaborations with other notables underline the significance of participation

A firm believer in communication and participation as integral parts of the creative process, artist Franz West’s works can be seen on display in public places around the city, notably the Lemurenkopf on Stubenbrücke near the MAK or his Gerngrosssäule by the Rahlstiege just off Mariahilfer Straße.

Confronting his viewers with abstract forms that have no meaning until they interact with them, West would often use older pieces in a new way, integrating them into a current project to create new interpretations and forms.  Through this innovative practice, West juxtaposed the many viewpoints in creation, inviting the viewer to collaborate with him by determining what his artwork means and how it will be used. This is best seen in his Adaptives, a series of sculptures meant to be worn and interact with the human body.

One of Austria’s most prominent postwar artists, West didn’t restrict the spirit of interaction to his audience alone: This special exhibition  focuses on acclaimed collaborations with other notable creators, including Mathis Esterhazy, Marina Faust, Douglas Gordon, Richard Hoeck, Sarah Lucas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rudolf Polanszky, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Anselm Reyle, and Heimo Zobernig; his iconic Adaptives are also shown.

Franz West: Artistclub

Dec 14 – Apr 23
21er Haus
3., Arsenalstraße 1

Jennifer Cornick
Jennifer Cornick is a contributor to METROPOLE and avid reader. When she isn't writing, she can be found in Vienna's English bookstores.

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