Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts

Exhibition Overview

Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies
Bruce Nauman, Contrapposto Studies, i through vii, 2015/2016

25 years have passed since the full spectrum of Bruce Nauman’s oeuvre was last given due attention. The exhibition includes video works, drawings, photographs, sculptures, neon pieces, and large-scale installations. In addition to key masterpieces, there are also lesser-known works and, as a world premiere, the 3D video projection Contrapposto Split, as well as the first ever showing in Europe of his recently created Contrapposto Studies, i through vii.

Born in the American Midwest in 1941, Nauman now lives and works in New Mexico. His groundbreaking oeuvre has made him a central figure in contemporary art, exploring themes such as language and physicality while at the same time plumbing the depths of power structures and regulatory frameworks. By insistently calling into question our aesthetic and moral values, as well as our habitual ways of seeing, Bruce Nauman challenges our perceptions and imaginings in ever new ways. “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” surveys five decades of this elusive artist’s many-faceted oeuvre, which, to this day, has lost nothing of its immediacy, freshness, and topicality.

(Photo: Courtesy the artist and Sperone Westwater, New York © Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

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