Revision I und II

© Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Photo: Wolfgang Wössner

Franz West

Revision I und II, 1990

Installation 2 parts, 4 sculptures each, to be stacked, 50 x 140 x 125, 50 x 140 x 110, 50 x 140 x 115, 50 x 150 x 125 cm, objects of wood, paper-mâché, gauze and plaster, painted white and their aluminum casts, varnished white Total dimensions variable


Artwork text

Revision: (of Wittgenstein’s insight: The world is independent of my will, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus 6.373). The arrangement of the four parts of this sculpture is a model of the “world,” because I do not determine the order in which they are stacked, instead, each exhibitor does that… . In response to the question of whether the sculpture should be cast, one curator’s statement, that this piece was an indoor sculpture, led to the reversal of this sentence: “My will is independent of the world.” The indoor sculpture was thus supplemented by an outdoor version in aluminum. Containing this procedure of reversal as it does, this written description takes the place of photography. (Franz West)

Lending history
2001 Madrid, ES, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS)