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Am tiefen Nass
Franz West (Viena, Áustria, 1947 - Viena, Áustria, 2012)
Painting and collage on printed paper
97.2 x 125 cm
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquisition 1998
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Ohne Titel (Passstück)
Franz West (Viena, Áustria, 1947 - Viena, Áustria, 2012)
Epoxy, metal, paint
41 x 41 x 32 cm
Coll. Fundação de Serralves - Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto, Portugal. Acquisition 1999
In the 1970s Franz West started to create objects and furniture that were meant for use, such as the sculptures known under the generic heading ‘Passtück’. This word, whose translations vary between ‘adaptive’, ‘fitting pieces’ and ‘parts that fit into each other’, is used to describe a series of works made from found materials and coated in plaster and paint. These pieces are simultaneously sculptures, props and playthings (originally visitors were allowed to handle them as they pleased). Interested in promoting interactive experiences, and in producing objects that only acquire full meaning through their role in actual events, West turned his first viewers into overgrown children, and the ‘Passtück’ into less than innocent playthings: as they tried to adapt the pieces’ shapes to their bodies, exhibition goers revealed all the constraints that prevent people from acting freely.