Franz West: Room in London

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Franz West: Room in London

  • 12 Oct 2011 — 29 Jan 2012
Franz West, Room in Rome, 2009-10. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Matteo Piazza
Franz West, Room in Rome, 2009-10. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo: Matteo Piazza

Institute of Contemporary Art

12 Carlton House TerraceLondon SW1Y 5AH

UK

http://www.ica.org.uk

A three-part sculpture by Austrian artist Franz West installed on the roof of the ICA on The Mall.

The installation consists of three large lacquered aluminium abstract parts. Their varying shapes, the tallest of which is 5m high, define the space around them and continues an extensive series of important public projects by the artist. These include The Garden of Earthly Delight at the Belvedere, Vienna (2009), The Ego and the Id in Central Park, New York (2008), and Les Pommes d’Adam in Place Vendôme, Paris (2007). Room in London was previously installed in the Piazza di Pietra in Rome in 2009/10.

West continually strives to create a dialogue between his work and the public, encouraging the viewer to interact with his sculptures and creating relationships that complete the work of art as an active reality. Since the Seventies, the artist's production has included a series of portable sculptures called Adaptives, plaster objects that the viewer can pick up and use, as well as furniture, chairs, couches, and other functional sculptures that take on the form of an art work precisely because they can be used and taken advantage of by the viewer, like a stage set filled with actors.