Richard Artschwager at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, through Autumn, 2020
“The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the exhibition Richard Artschwager, a unique occasion to survey the creative career of Richard Artschwager (Washington, D.C., 1923 – Albany, New York, 2013), an artist who worked halfway between painting and sculpture and who developed a unique language using the new domestic materials of his time. This ambitious project, conceived by world-renowned curator Germano Celant and co-organized by the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and MART – Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, comprises almost 70 pieces alongside a selection of rarely-seen archival documentation.
Designed as an open labyrinth highlighting the main nuclei of Artschwager’s oeuvre, the exhibition features a comprehensive selection of paintings and sculptures dating from the early 1960s to the first decade of the 21st century: from his first wood and Formica structures and paintings on Celotex to his nylon-bristle sculptures and ‘corner pieces,’ including works in horsehair and so-called blps, which the artist began making in 1968 and displaying individually or on a citywide scale. Artschwager, who had a crucial experience as a cabinetmaker at the beginning of his career, always worked toward the fusion of figuration and abstraction, artistic innovation and design, and ironically sought to combine the functional and the useless.” ― Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Richard Artschwager. Tower III (Confessional), 1980. Formica and oak. 152.5 x 119 x 81.1 cm. Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, permanent loan to the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. Photo: Bisig & Bayer, Basel Estate of Richard Artschwager, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2020