Man sitting at a table in front of a green ball

Art you can touch

The observer as part of the sculpture: Franz West, who died in 2012, radically queried the relationship between artist, artistic work and recipient with his works like no other artist before or since. For him, the haptic experience was a part of the art. It was not enough for him for his sculptures merely to be looked at. To bring his work to perfection, he regularly required the public to actively participate in it. The 21er Haus devotes an exhibition to the important contemporary artist and reflects on his understanding of art as a participatory act and on his interest in comparing various artistic standpoints in collaborative processes.

In context, for example, the exhibition also covers West's extremely important work "Extroversion", which the artist designed for the 2011 Biennale di Venezia. For his installation, West turned the kitchen walls of his studio in Vienna outwards in order to present the 43 artistic works it contains, created by friends, artist colleagues and employees. Apart from the characteristic process of the shift in the concept of work and author, the installation also opens up a new and exciting field that deals with West's experience and treatment of space and architecture.

Franz West – Artistclub

14 December 2016 - 23 April 2017

21er Haus

Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • We, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Th - Su, 11:00 - 18:00
    • Public Holidays (including Monday and Tuesday) 11 am-6 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 250 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (spaces in the Blickle cinema by the entrance on the right)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours on the architecture of 21er Haus and the sculptures of Fritz Wotrub for blind and visually impaired people.

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