West began his artistic career as drawer around 1970 before moving on to painted collages incorporating magazine images that showed the influence of Pop Art. His art practice started as a reaction to the Viennese Actionism movement has been exhibited in museums and galleries for more than three decades. West’s artwork is developed across plaster, papier-mâché, wire, polyester, aluminium and other, ordinary materials. He started to produce paintings, but then turned to collages, sculptures, portable sculptures called “Adaptives” or “Fitting Pieces”, environments and furniture.

Franz West
Vienna, 1947 - 2012

Past Exhibitions

On the Subject of the Ready-Made

Daimler Contemporary
20/11/2016 — 14/05/2017

Take Me (I’m Yours) at Pirelli HangarBicocca

Pirelli HangarBicocca
07/11/2017 — 21/01/2018

Out of Order – Works from the Helga de Alvear Collection

Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
25/06/2016 — 26/09/2016

Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016

Kunstmuseum Basel
19/04/2016 — 18/09/2016


Punta della Dogana
17/04/2016 — 20/11/2016

Solo Shows


Franz West: Moebelskulpturen/Furniture Works. Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Ave, New York, NY.

Franz West. Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Zurich, Switzerland.


Franz West: Where is My Eight? Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.

Franz West. Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA.

Franz West: Les Pommes d’Adam. Hall Art Foundation at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.


Franz West: Where is My Eight? Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany.


Man with a Ball. Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street, London, England.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.

Zwei Epiphanien. mit Gelatin, Schloss Damtschach, Austria.

West Reyle / Reyle West: Stolen Fantasy. Kollaboration von Franz West und Anselm Reyle


Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany.


Furniture. Gagosian Gallery, Athens, Greece.


Autotheater. Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Museo d’Arte contemporanea DonnaRegina—Naples, Italy.

Italy and Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.

Im Garten der Lüste. Kammergarten/Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Roman Room. Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy.

Room in Rome, Italy. Piazza di Pietra, Rome, Italy.


White Elephant. Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico.

Franz West. Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland.

The Ego and the Id. The Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park, New York, NY.

To Build A House You Start With The Roof. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.

Eiserner Vorhang 2009/2010. Staatsoper, Vienna, Austria.

Im Garten der Lüste, Kammergarten/Unteres Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Group Shows


Sculpture on the Move 1946–2016. Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland.


WORKS BY. Galeria Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland.

Dans un Intérieur. Meubles, œuvres murales & textiles d’artistes. Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

Works on Paper. Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland.

Sleepless – The bed in history and contemporary art. 21er Hause, Vienna, Austria.


Le Jardin Décomposé / Decomposed Garden. Gagosian Gallery, Le Bourget, Paris, France.

Sigmund Freud and the Art of Our Time: A Play on the Burden of Representation. 21er Haus, Vienna, Austria.

Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Harmony Korine, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Rudolf Stingel, Franz West. Gagosian Gallery, West 24th St., New York, NY.

No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984–1989. David Zwirner, New York, NY.

Group Show. Gagosian Gallery, Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France.


Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations, Inverleith House, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Gold. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna, Austria.

Sculpture. Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong, China. Stolen Fantasy. Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany.

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Vienna Country of birth: Austria Date of birth: 1947 - 2012