This is Tate Modern at its best. The terrace at the south end is full of sculptures that visitors can play and interact with, as Franz West would have wished, Then, upstairs on the 2nd floor, his work spills out into the corridors around the lifts and staircases. The more Tate Modern can use these expansive circulation spaces in its new extension, the better.
Austrian artist Franz West (1947-2012) had a playful and philosophical approach to his art, moving from works on paper to sculptures which were intended to be handled and played with to quirky arty furniture which was intended to be used and sat on, though many of his works are now much too fragile now to allow that. The Tate however does have four works that visitors are invited to play with and there is a Franz West Living Room in which to relax and read a book at the end.
The exhibition which fills the 2nd floor of the new Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern provides an overview of the astonishing range of work across his whole career, in particular his furniture and room designs – perhaps he should have been an interior designer.
If you wanted to buy his furniture to enjoy at home, three chairs were on auction at Phillips New Now this week and. Plus, if you wanted to see more, his work was also on show at the David Zwirner Gallery in Mayfair or go across to Hauser & Wirth in Zurich with their new exhibition on Dieter Roth and Franz West. This is definitely his year!