Artists

Franz West

1947–2012, Austria

The works by the Austrian artist Franz West are often seen in relation to the Viennese Actionism movement from the 1960s, where artists developed happenings with body art as their artistic expression.

Early in his career, West distanced himself from the traditional passive relationship between art work and viewer, and dedicated his works on a mutual dialogue between the two. Working with painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, installations and furniture, he constantly explored the relationship between art and everyday-life. Communication and interaction between art work and viewer are recurring themes in his productions, on both a physical and intellectual level.

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