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Bruce Nauman.
Rooms, Bodies, Words

18 Jun. 2019 1 Sep. 2019

Museo Picasso Málaga presents Bruce Nauman. Rooms, Bodies, Words, an exhibition on a multimedia artist whose innovative work centers on his understanding of art as an activity or process, rather than as the production of objects. Jointly curated by Prof. Eugen Blume, from Germany, and the artistic director of Museo Picasso Málaga, José Lebrero Stals, this is the first large-format exhibition of Nauman’s work in Spain for 25 years.

With abundant references to music, dance, literature and philosophy, Bruce Nauman’s work generates in viewers the kind of responses that are associated with provocation, conflict, tension, disorientation, and anxiety, via a relentless repetition of language and form. Bruce Nauman. Rooms, Bodies, Words, brings together almost one hundred works that highlight the range of mediums with which this U.S. artist works: from architectural installations, sculptures and neons, to videos, drawings, silk-screening and photography, amongst others.

Bruce Nauman (Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1941) has spent more than 50 years inventing ways to convey both the moral hazards and the excitement of being alive. Employing a huge range of materials and working methods, he reveals how the mutable experiences of time, space, movement and language provide an unstable foundation for understanding our place in the world. For Nauman, both making and looking at art involves “doing things that you don’t particularly want to do, putting yourself in unfamiliar situations, following resistances to find out why you’re resisting.” His work compels the viewer to abandon the safety of the familiar, keeping us alert, ever vigilant, and wary of being seduced by easy answers. 

This Museo Picasso Málaga exhibition has benefitted from advice and support from the principal galleries that have represented the artist: Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, and Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf. It highlights the artist’s links with Europe in a project that contains pieces held mainly in European private and public collections. 

In collaboration with Obra Social "la Caixa"

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