During the summer months, Museo Picasso Málaga will be hosting the exhibition Bruce Nauman. Rooms, Bodies, Words. Bruce Nauman (Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1941) has spent more than 50 years inventing ways to convey both the moral hazards and the excitement of being alive. Employing a huge range of materials and working methods, he reveals how the mutable experiences of time, space, movement and language provide an unstable foundation for understanding our place in the world. For Nauman, both making and looking at art involves “doing things that you don’t particularly want to do, putting yourself in unfamiliar situations, following resistances to find out why you’re resisting.” His work compels the viewer to abandon the safety of the familiar, keeping us alert, ever vigilant, and wary of being seduced by easy answers. Research is essential to Bruce Nauman. It is present as part of his creative process.
The diverse elements that make up Nauman’s work, and whose origins lie in such apparently dissimilar and hermetic areas as philosophy, conjuring and choreography, involve gaining or attempting to gain control over the viewer’s experience of an event, action or situation. The artist proposes actions that elicit emotional and physical responses and perceptive psychological suggestions from the viewer and, in many cases, they involve the creation of a cacophony of sound and images. With this selection of corridors, neon lights, sculptures, installations, audiovisual works, architectural structures, performances and works on paper, the exhibition at Museo Picasso Málaga aims to illustrate the thinking and ethical views of Bruce Nauman. His irony and incisiveness are apparent in his plays-on-words and in the relationships that are established between viewer, space and artwork.
Jointly curated by Prof. Eugen Blume, from Germany, and the artistic director of Museo Picasso Málaga, José Lebrero Stals, this is the first large-format exhibition of Nauman’s work in Spain for 25 years.
Museo Picasso Málaga
Palacio de Buenavista C/ San Agustín, 8