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Franz West (1947-2012), Sofa ‘Ottomane’, 2008

Lot 0087
Forged steel, covered with linen seat cushion
Austria, 2008
Franz West (1947-2012) - Austrian artist
Stamped "FW", numbered "25/100" and with hallmark "ETK"
Publisher: Galery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
Dimensions: 83 x 83 x 45 cm
Provenance: German private collection
Franz West was one of the most important Austrian sculptors. His furniture objects occupy a special position in his work and were intended to be used; furniture objects fetch up to 100,000 euros at international auctions

This work of the versatile Austrian artist Franz West was created in 2003 published/edited by the Gallery Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman. From a structural steel the artist forged a sofa, covered with a linen seat cushion, which is also called ‘Ottomane’. The art of Franz West is characterized by the fact that it should not only be seen but also be touched and used. This is how he began to design his so-called ‘Passstücken’ (fitting pieces) in the early 1970s. They are provocative, amorphous-anthropomorphic prosthesis made of plaster and papier-mâché, which are to be tried by the owner, should be worn and even got dirty. Here the performance-artist Franz West, who was still influenced by the Viennese Activism, comes through again. In addition, he also designed alienated furniture such as chairs or armchairs as well as installations that play with the typical middle-class living room furniture, as our object does.



The work is hallmarked ‘FW’, numbered ‘25/100’ and provided with the Editor’s mark ‘ETK’. It is in a very good condition. Its dimensions are 83 x 83 x 45 cm.



Franz West (1947-2012)

Franz West was born in Vienna 1947. In 1977 he began his studies at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Vienna with Bruno Grincoli, which he successfully completed in 1982. In 1992/93 he took up a teaching position at the Städel School in Frankfurt a.M., followed by several awards, including the Wolfgang Hahn Prize of the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at Museum Ludwig, Cologne, 1998. In 2011 he received the Golden Lion of the 54th Biennale di Venezia, with which he was honored for his life's work. Important exhibitions West took part in included the New York Museum of Modern Art in 1997, in the Hamburg Deichtorhallen in 2002, or the Vienna Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in 2008. Franz West was one of the most important contemporary Austrian artists.


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Franz West (1947-2012), Sofa ‘Ottomane’, 2008

Estimate €4,800 - €6,000Apr 16, 2014