Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Specific Objects without Specific Form

Essays by Elena Filipovic, Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Tino Sehgal.

Forthcoming catalogue, published on the occasion of the traveling exhibition, Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Specific Objects without Specific Form: 1 retrospective, 3 venues, 6 versions, 3 artist-curators. Felix Gonzalez-Torres. Specific Objects without Specific Form offered its visitors the possibility of finding a new interpretation of Gonzalez-Torres’ engaged and complex body of work with each visit. The retrospective, curated by Elena Filipovic, organized by Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, in collaboration with the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, New York, offered several exhibition versions, and none the authoritative one, all the better to present the oeuvre of an artist who put fragility, the passage of time, and the questioning of authority at the center of his artwork. At each venue, the exhibition was entirely re-installed halfway through its duration by a different invited artist whose practice has been informed by Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ work. The curatorial interventions of the invited artists—Danh Vo at WIELS, Brussels (January 16 - May 2, 2010); Carol Bove at the Fondation Beyeler, Basel (May 22 - August 29, 2010); and Tino Sehgal at the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (January 28 - April 25, 2011) — emerged from different interpretations of the meanings and presentation possibilities for Gonzalez-Torres’ work.

The fully illustrated catalogue will document each version of the exhibition and include essays by Elena Filipovic, Danh Vo, Carol Bove, and Tino Sehgal as well as interviews with artists of various generations.