The ugly and idleness according to Franz West at the Centre Pompidou
Relatively unclassifiable, attracted by the ugly and neurotic symptoms, it took all the brilliance of Christine Macel, chief curator of the Centre Pompidou, curator of the last Venice Biennale to tackle the figure of Franz West (1947-2012) Austrian known in particular for his monumental outdoor sculptures, sort of parodies of the official European statuary, in pastel faecal forms! Don’t act.
Because man handles skepticism and humour as much as psychoanalysis and analytical philosophy. Dropping out of school at the age of 16, he attended Viennese artistic circles under the impulse of his mother (whose name he bears), while at the same time detaching himself from the actionists. His influences from Jugendstil to Pop art led him to his first drawings, the black and white “Mutter Kunst”, then to his famous “Passtücke” manipulable sculptures/prosthetics. Neurotic states”, to quote the art critic Reinhard Priessnitz, which the public can manipulate behind white booths. An ambiguous conditioning relayed by the video. Made of papier mâché and plaster, these rudimentary and trashy sculptures, hastily placed on pedestals or independent, malign the codes of Western museum representation.
Overcoming the divide between art and furniture, he imagines for Documenta 9 by Cassel, 72 sofas covered with kilims “Auditorium” in which it is quickly uncomfortable to stay. You can also try to sit on what look like big pink footstools “Cook book”, watch toilets from all over the world “Mood”, enter into a conversation with a loveseat, walk through her library or revisit bourgeois arty chic interiors “Viennoiserie”. The interest in digestion and the intestine is omnipresent, hence his obsession with chairs. He, who claimed to be able to spend his time in his bed (my free time is mine), mixes the trivial and the jubilant, the foutraque and the chestnut, and leaves the 54th edition of the Venice Biennale in 2011 with a Golden Lion for his entire career.
The list is long of artists who can be linked to his influence from the 1990s on the Californian scene Mike Kelley, Sarah Lucas, Urs Fischer or the collective Gelitin to whom he willingly offers to collaborate.
Justice is therefore made for this approach of an outsider UFO adept of the dripping and shapeless, of the vomit and provocation, against the good thinking Vienna years after the war. He operates insolent and brilliant intuitions to experiment without any apriori on the background of a Bach piece.
The walk continues in the Beaubourg district, at the Picasso Museum, the Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris and the Cognacq-Jay Museum, which houses several outdoor sculptures.
until December 10th
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