Throughout his long career the American artist Bruce Nauman has worked with many media and explored a wide variety of materials. His practice ranges from more traditional media such as drawing, photography and sculpture, through neon works to installation art and performance. Bruce Nauman has been one of the most important artists in the development of the branch of contemporary art that involves the viewer as an active part of the work.
The works in the exhibition show how Bruce Nauman’s art functions as a performative arena where the exhibition visitor is challenged in a concrete or conceptual space. In the encounter with the work one is confronted with various stimuli, provoked either by the physical structure of the work or by a more cognitive disorientation. The exhibition includes several of Nau¬man’s major works: a corridor, a hanging carousel with deformed animal bodies, a work from the Raw Material series, several of his experimental films, and a couple of neon works. This is the first time an overview exhibition of Nauman’s works is being shown in Scandinavia.