Bruce Nauman exhibition debuts at Tai Kwun Contemporary, showcasing six decades of iconic artworks

The sculptural work Animal Pyramid (1989) (loaned from the Pinault Collection) features seventeen life-size, ready-made taxidermy moulds stacked twelve feet high, with four upside-down foxes crowning graduated rows of deer and caribou.

15th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) Tai Kwun Contemporary is proud to present a major survey of the renowned American artist Bruce Nauman, whose groundbreaking contributions have shaped the contemporary art scene. This highly anticipated exhibition highlights Nauman’s diverse body of work encompassing sculpture, photography, video, neon, drawing, printmaking, and performance. Regarded as an “Artist’s Artist,” Nauman’s influence extends far and wide.

As part of Tai Kwun Contemporary’s commitment to showcasing pioneering artists, the Bruce Nauman exhibition will be open to the public from 15th May to 18th August 2024. This marks Nauman’s first major exhibition in Hong Kong and features a remarkable collection of 35 artworks spanning his illustrious career. The exhibition explores the fundamental elements that have defined Nauman’s artistry, offering a unique opportunity to engage with the works of this legendary figure.

Nauman’s art defies categorization, intersecting with various movements from the latter half of the 20th century onwards. His contributions bridge the transition from post-minimalism to performance and conceptual art, leaving an indelible impact on artists since the 1960s. Nauman’s influence extends beyond visual arts, inspiring individuals across disciplines worldwide.

Curated by Carlos Basualdo, Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud (Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art), Caroline Bourgeois (Chief Curator at the Pinault Collection), and Dr Pi Li (Head of Art at Tai Kwun), the exhibition draws inspiration from Bruce Nauman: Contrapposto Studies, which captivated audiences at Punta della Dogana in Venice in 2021–2022.

Tai Kwun Contemporary’s exhibition, in collaboration with the Bruce Nauman Studio, showcases a comprehensive selection of works primarily sourced from the Pinault Collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and esteemed institutions such as Tate, The Museum of Modern Art (New York), Dia Art Foundation, and The Sonnabend Collection Foundation. With its strategic location in the heart of Hong Kong, Tai Kwun Contemporary provides an architectural backdrop that complements Nauman’s artistic vision, inviting a dialogue between his works and the regional context of Asia.

Spanning the gallery spaces of JC Contemporary and F Hall Gallery at Tai Kwun, this solo institutional survey immerses visitors in Nauman’s artistic journey. From his early neons to the recent Contrapposto series, the exhibition showcases drawings, large-scale sculptural installations, sound installations, and more, reflecting Nauman’s enduring exploration of themes such as the studio, the body, language, and sound.

Tickets to the exhibition is now available on Klook. HK$120 for general tickets and HK$60 for concession tickets (Full-time students with ID, people with disabilities, and senior citizens over the age of 60). 

Tickets will be available at the JC Contemporary reception: HK$120 (general) and HK$60 (concession).

Children under the age of 5 can enjoy free admission.

Family Package will also be available at the JC Contemporary reception and on Klook: HK$170, which includes one regular ticket and one concession ticket