Bruce Nauman au Schlauger: Disappearing Acts
In partnership with the MoMA of New York it is the first retrospective of this magnitude with 170 works collected on all the spaces of the Herzog & De Meuron building. From the front we are welcomed by the video”Mr Rogers” on two giant screens the dance in balance of 3 pencils before the cat comes to break all the scene taken in the workshop.
“Disappearing Acts” thus covers the different phases of his career from the 1960s to the present, such as Contrapposto Split from 2017, a video that uses 3D imagery or sculpture,”Leaping Foxes”, a pyramid of inverted animals that is the possible metaphor for the mistreatment suffered.
Good and evil, vices and virtue, appearance and absence, sex and death, are summoned in turn in a journey that holds out a mirror to the spectator, a captive witness of scenes of violence and excess in noises sometimes sinister and haunting. Here the rides look like torture, the clowns laugh yellow, the pantomines shout insults, the neons flash contradictory injunctions… the human condition in all its cruelty in the face of these manchas and its dissatisfactions.
The masks fall off and an oppressive feeling seizes you little by little at the rhythm of the generated tensions. “Get Out of my mind, Get Out of this Room” is the final cut and yet we ask for more! At the exit you even think it’s the best exhibition in town.
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