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MoMA and the Schaulager Announce Bruce Nauman Retrospective for 2018

Bruce Nauman, Learned Helplessness in Rats (Rock and Roll Drummer), 1988, Plexiglass maze, closed-circuit video camera, scanner and mount, switcher, two videotape players, 13-inch color monitor, 9-inch back-and-white monitor, video projector, and two videotapes (color, sound). ©2015 BRUCE NAUMAN/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

Bruce Nauman, Learned Helplessness in Rats (Rock and Roll Drummer), 1988, Plexiglass maze, closed-circuit video camera, scanner and mount, switcher, two videotape players, 13-inch color monitor, 9-inch back-and-white monitor, video projector, and two videotapes (color, sound).

©2015 BRUCE NAUMAN/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK

The Museum of Modern Art and the Schaulager announced today that they are planning a Bruce Nauman retrospective for 2018. The show will be Nauman’s first retrospective since 1993, when the Reina Sofia held one that traveled to America and Switzerland. This retrospective will be held first at the Schaulager, in Switzerland, in March 2018, and will travel to MoMA, in New York, in September of that year.

Nauman is known for working in an array of media, though he first received acclaim for his Minimalist and Post-Minimalist sculptures. He soon became one of the first to experiment with video when it was made available to artists, in the ’60s and ’70s. Over the course of his five-decade career, he has also worked in drawing, printmaking, photography, performance, film, and installation. His neon sculptures, which usually feature puns or lewd sexual gestures, have become staples at art fairs, and his 2009 14-channel sound installation at the Venice Biennale, titled Days, part of a presentation that won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation, will be one of the works in this traveling retrospective.

Earlier this year, Nauman had his first solo exhibition in France in 15 years, at the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, and a show of his sculpture at the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, in Wuppertal, Germany. A selection of work by Nauman made between 1967 and 1990 is currently on view at Gagosian Gallery’s Paris location.

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