This is the first posthumous retrospective and the most comprehensive survey of Franz West’s work ever staged in the UK.
This ambitious exhibition explores the irreverent sensibility and playful approach to materials, colour and form that characterise West’s punk aesthetic. Almost 200 works including abstract sculptures, furniture, collages and monumental outdoor works, are brought together showing him as one of the most influential artists of the past 50 years.
Franz West offers the first opportunity to recognise the artist’s legacy, celebrating West’s astounding contribution over four decades and uniting key and rarely seen pieces from across his remarkable career. His friend and collaborator Sarah Lucas will contribute to the exhibition design, developing innovative displays that capture the unique sensibilities of Franz West’s playful yet profoundly philosophical work.
Highlights include the installation Passstücke mit Box und Video (1996) where four pieces can be handled by visitors, Rrose (DRAMA) (2001), a five-meter-long work in vibrant pink, rarely seen sketches depicting vivid scenes from Vienna’s night clubs of the 1970s and a selection of West’s provocative poster designs.