the schaulager presents a retrospective of bruce nauman’s work with video, drawings, prints, sculptures, neon works, sound pieces and installations that span over five decades of the influential artist’s career. organized in collaboration with the museum of modern art, new york (MOMA), the exhibition brings together 170 works, ranging from early pieces to the artist’s most recent installations.
from 16 march to 26 august 2018,the schaulager examines the work of bruce nauman in a comprehensive retrospective that showcases rarely exhibited works alongside renowned pieces, representing all phases of his career from the mid-1960s to the present day. the show includes the world premiere of two recent pieces, the monumental sculpture ‘leaping foxes’ (2018) and a 3D-video titled ‘contrapposto split’ (2017), as well as the european debut of the video projection ‘contrapposto studies, i through vii’ (2015 / 2016). ‘functioning as an act, concept, perceptual probe, magical deceit, working method, and metaphor, disappearance has been a useful and persistent prompt for nauman’s art,‘ curator kathy halbreich explains on the choice for the exhibition title. ‘close relatives of disappearance– the absent, the void, and ensuing senses of nonexistence, privation, or omission – also appear in many forms.‘
neon templates of the left half of my body taken at ten-inch intervals, 1966
photo by andy romer photography, courtesy of the glass house, a site of the national trust for historic preservation, © bruce nauman / 2018, prolitteris, zurich
curators: kathy halbreich, (laurenz foundation, museum of modern art, new york), heidi naef and isabel friedli (schaulager basel), magnus schaefer and taylor walsh (department of drawings and prints, the museum of modern art)
organized by: laurenz foundation, schaulager basel and the museum of modern art, new york
location: schaulager, ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 münchenstein, switzerland
duration: 16 march to 26 august 2018