Bruce Nauman, Untitled (1967). Wax over plaster with rope. 43 x 66 x 11.5 cm. Courtesy: Daros Collection, Switzerland, © Bruce Nauman / 2018, ProLitteris, Zurich.
Bruce Nauman, 'Disappearing Acts'
17 March – 26 August
The Schaulager enjoys immense resources; its founder, Maja Oeri, a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and a major donor to its collection, is honoured with a MoMA gallery in her name. Bruce Nauman's detailed survey exhibition, created in collaboration with that New York institution, where it will subsequently travel, is arguably the best use of the Schaulager's ample space and art historical means since the museum opened in 2003. In gallery after gallery of drawings, sculptures, installations, video and sound pieces and immersive environments, Nauman is revealed as a foresighted observer and actor in the art field, one who also maintained a healthy disregard for that world. Take away his material, and what does an artist do?