Franz West

Since the 1970s, Franz West has been developing objects that straddle the border between artworks and articles for everyday use. His prosthetic-like plaster sculptures and his furniture for sitting and reclining act as instruments for a physical and psychological experience. They are generally meant for visitors to use – to experience their own bodies in relation to these objects. His sculptures reflect his focus on psychoanalysis. The work Devianz (›deviance‹) evokes associations with the famous couch as a site of treatment, and in 1996 he described his artworks Paßstücke as »representations of neuroses«. West dismantles art from its pedestal, inviting visitors to let go of their distance, to become active and thus part of the artwork.