Schaulager presents a long overdue retrospective exhibition showcasing the work of one of the most important artists of our day. The exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” has been organized by the Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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.
Schaulager, Ruchfeldstrasse 19, 4142 Münchenstein | Switserland
Bruce Nauman Human Nature / Life Death / Knows Doesn’t Know, 1983
Neon tubing with clear glass tubing suspension frames, 107 1/2 x 107 x 5 13/16 inches (273 x 271.8 x 14.6 cm). Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Modern and Contemporary Art Council Fund, M.84.36, Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zuric