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Basel | ‘Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts’ at the Schaulager from March

By FEDERICA LUSIARDI - March 16, 2018

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Schaulager and The Museum of Modern Art – New York, present the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Bruce Nauman (b. 1941) in over two decades.

cover image: Bruce Nauman, First Hologram Series: Making Faces B, 1968
Holographic image on glass, 8 × 10 inches.
Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, gift of the president 2013, on permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel, © Bruce Nauman / 2017, ProLitteris, Zurich, photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel 

Starting March 17,and running until August 26, 2018 the exhibition “Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” provides the international art world with a long-awaited opportunity to rediscover the full spectrum of the American artist’s work in a wide range of mediums, from early performances recorded on film and video to drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and neon to installations.  The show brings together rarely exhibited pieces along with renowned key works. It allows a look back at a career lasting more than half a century, which has been marked by astounding transformations.
Over the decades, Bruce Nauman has repeatedly managed to assume a pioneering role whether through his interest in the latest developments in media technology or by exploring contentious social issues. These are just some of the attributes that explain his special status in the contemporary art scene and contribute to his lasting relevance.

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Bruce Nauman Corridor Installation (Nick Wilder Installation), 1970.
Wooden wallboards, water-based paint, three video cameras, scanner, frame, five monitors, video recorder, video player, videotape, black and white, silent, Dimensions variable (11 × 40 × 30 ft. as installed at Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1970).
Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Foto: Courtesy Friedrich Christian Flick Collection im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

“Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts” is on view from 17 March to 26 August 2018 at Schaulager in Basel. The exhibition subsequently travels to New York, where it will be presented at The Museum of Modern Art from 21 October 2018 to 17 March 2019 and MoMA PS1 from 21 October 2018 to 24 March 2019.
Organized by Laurenz Foundation, Schaulager Basel and The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Bruce Nauman: Disappearing Acts
Schaulager Basel
17.03.2018 / 26.08.2018

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Bruce Nauman Light Trap for Henry Moore No. 1, 1967
Black and white photograph, 62 × 41 5/8 × 2 inch (157.5 × 105.7 × 5.1 cm ). Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland, Photo: Alex Jamison.


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