A three-part sculpture, Room in London, by Austrian artist Franz West has been installed on the roof of the ICA
on The Mall where it will be on show until 29 January 2012.
The installation consists of three large lacquered aluminium abstract parts. Their varying shapes, the tallest of which is 5m high, define the space around them and continues an extensive series of important public projects by the artist. These include The Garden of Earthly Delight at the Belvedere, Vienna (2009), The Ego and the Id in Central Park, New York (2008), and Les Pommes dAdam in Place Vendôme, Paris (2007). Room in London was previously installed in the Piazza di Pietra in Rome in 2009/10.
West continually strives to create a dialogue between his work and the public, encouraging the viewer to interact with his sculptures and creating relationships that complete the work of art as an active reality. Since the Seventies, the artist's production has included a series of portable sculptures called Adaptives, plaster objects that the viewer can pick up and use, as well as furniture, chairs, couches, and other functional sculptures that take on the form of an art work precisely because they can be used and taken advantage of by the viewer, like a stage set filled with actors.
Franz West was born in Vienna in 1947, where he lives and works, and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna. His work is in many public collections including MAXXI, Rome; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum Ludwig, Cologne and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Well Not Carry Coals, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria in 2003; Recent Sculptures at Lincoln Center, New York in 2004;Vancouver Art Gallery in 2005; the MAK, Vienna in 2008; and To Build A House You Start with the Roof: Work, 1972-2008 at the Baltimore Museum of Art in 2008-09, which travelled to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009. A major European retrospective Franz West: Auto-Theatre opened at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne in 2010 and travelled to MADRE, Naples and the Universalmuseum in Graz, Austria.
Room in London is part of the City of Westminsters City of Sculpture initiative, which encourages and promotes the display of sculpture in public spaces throughout the borough, and includes self-guided tours of contemporary public sculpture in Westminster.