Giacometti-Nauman Schirn

Giacometti—Nauman Exhibition at Schirn

Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt

October 28, 2016–January 22, 2017

Giacometti—Nauman – Two artists, two gener­a­tions of rather differing prove­nance: Schirn Kunsthalle Frank­furt is dedi­cating a compre­hen­sive exhi­bi­tion to the surprising and previ­ously largely over­looked affini­ties in the work by Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) and Bruce Nauman (* 1941). Draw­ings, photographs, videos, sculp­tures and large-scale instal­la­tions by the US multi­media artist will enter into an exciting dialogue with selected sculp­tures and paint­ings by the Swiss sculptor. Both artists’ oeuvre revolves primarily around the image of man and the human condi­tion. With reduced formal language, it looks to explore funda­mental exis­ten­tial ques­tions. The shat­tering direct­ness of the works of art presents the viewer with a lasting chal­lenge. Giacometti and Nauman share a proce­dural approach as well as subjects, such as the repre­sen­ta­tion of void, the rela­tion­ship between figure and space, and the frag­mented body. In a themat­i­cally land­scaped parcours, the exhi­bi­tion brings together about 70 works, including numerous major works by both artists. The outcome of this juxta­po­si­tion is by no means fore­gone. Giacometti emerges as a pioneer of key devel­op­ments in art after 1960, redis­cov­ering his orig­inal radi­calism, while Nauman’s outstanding impor­tance as a sculptor becomes apparent, achieving an alter­na­tive histor­ical signif­i­cance. The exhi­bi­tion does not confirm or endorse influ­ences and over­ar­ching theo­ries, but rather expands our percep­tion of the work of two outstanding repre­sen­ta­tives of 20th and 21st century art.

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Giacometti-Nauman at Schirn
Giacometti-Nauman at Schirn
Giacometti-Nauman at Schirn