This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at Tate Modern

The first major display of Bruce Nauman’s work in London for over 20 years, this exhibition plunges you into the visceral landscape of the artist’s world, featuring works from across his colourful career.

Known for his playful, experimental approach to making mixed-media art, Bruce Nauman’s eclectic approach to creation is rooted in sound and the moving image. His work sits somewhere between the borders of artistic disciplines, crossing between film, installation, performance art and sculpture. He is particularly known for working with neon, and his work in this area has had a huge influence on modern artists working today. One of his best-known neon works (or ‘signs’) The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths, (Window or Wall Sign 1967), showcases the artist’s love for language and manipulating words.

Also on display are a collection of the artist’s early film works that took different approaches to the simple art of walking. Using his body as a tool for inspiration and experimentation, works such as Walks In Walks Out, created in 2015, play homage to his early artistic period. Walks In Walks Out puts Nauman’s work then and now into the context of his personal journey, with the artistic as a living template.

The collection of works featured demonstrate the artist’s exceptional range as well as his commitment to an inquisitive approach to making art. A pioneer in filling space, this exhibition looks at all the sides of Nauman’s practise and artistic personality, continually testing what art can be.

ConceptualFilm & videoSculptureModern artLondon

Tate Modern

Bankside, London, Greater London, SE1 9TG

020 7887 8888


Opening times

Temporarily closed

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off exhibitions

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass

Exhibitions and events at Tate Modern

Related exhibitions

Back to top