Franz West

Franz West – Kant & Kantine

Dear community,

a superbe written quote by Franz West thinking about Kant & Kantine: Kantine the feministic form of  Kant. 

Franz West Kant

The reverse text mentions “Let´s have a look for Hegel´s <schlechte Unendlichkeit>”

Franz West Kant

copyright: Franz West, private collection.

The topic of “schlechte Unendlichkeit” which the philosopher Hegel was defining ( and Franz West is thinking of from a more artistic point of view, have impact to our  daily existence and life. I want to refer to one of my former blog with the topic of communication and another interesting blog to that topic I found ( unfortunately in german language only): “the true organisation”

Franz West – mirroring autograph

Franz West is known for his special way of integrating the art spectator into his works.

What to do with his autograph in this article?

1. take a mirror

2. Show the book into the mirror

3. Read the autograph

4. What do you think about the “N”




copyright: Franz West: signed in “Franz West 10.april-13 juni 1999”, exhibition catalogue no.32, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, 1999



Elfie Semotan – pure photographs

Elfie Semotan (born in 1941) might not be known by everyone. I think, you should not miss out to do it.

Initially Elfie Semotan worked as a fashion model in Paris.  At the end of the 1960s, she changed behind the camera and began an international career as a photographer. Her work has appeared in magazines as Vogue, Elle , Esquire , Marie Claire , Harper ‘s Bazaar , The New Yorker.

In Austria, Elfie Semotan was particularly known for her long collaboration with Helmut Lang, and by revolutionary campaigns for Palmers and Römerquelle. Semotan was married to Kurt Kocherscheidt and Martin Kippenberger, both unfortunately died very early (Source: Wikipedia)

On this blog I show a photo-portrait of the Austrian Painter Franz West (1947-2012) taken by Semotan in West´s atelier. It is a pigment-print on baryt-paper,  (Vienna 1990/2010). 18,7 x 28,2 cm. The motive was later shown on a stamp in honor of Franz West (First Day 14.5.2013)

This photo is one out of an edition of 10 verso numbered and signed by Semotan 2010 for a special edition of her exhibition catalogue in the Museum of Modern Art – Rupertinum Salzburg ‘From Louise Bourgeois to Jeff Wall. Portraits & Studio Stills’.

Elfie Semotan talks about her circle of friends as if it were your own. They are stories from the past 30 years, created during meetings with other artists. The collection of portraits and pictures taken in the studio convey an amicable intimacy They are snapshots by a woman who fascinates and is fascinating and lets us have a peek into the treasures of her world. 39 portraits on 104 pages now find their justified space, in cooperation with Albert Handler from brand unit. (Source:





(copyright Elfie Semotan)

Franz West – The Art of words

In the book “Franz West schrieb”, the editors Mrs. Ines Turian and Mr. Ernst Ulrich Obrist make the so called “Schriebe” of Franz West available to the public.

What are those “Schriebe”? As the editors describe, “Franz West has been writing texts, notes, remarks and aphorisms non-stop since 1975”. It is described, “that he attaches these texts to his sculptures, continuing the sculptural expression linguistically without illustrating or explaining. In places the titles, epithets and text scan raise awareness of the sculpture’s form, in others they can drive the viewer mad or fascinate like the cryptograms of a lingual alchemist. Texts accompany Franz West’s complete oeuvre.”

Allow me to make a link to the famous René Magritte. Magritte is one of the artists, who used words, notes etc. in his paintings as part of “communication” with the viewer and thus tried start a dialogue. The “(art)object” is talking to the “(art) subject” (–> which is the viewer). For me, Franz West further develops that kind of communication, going steps ahead and let the “art subjects” act with his artwork. He integrates “subject” and “object”, let the the “subject” and the “object” get into a symbiosis and thus transform the piece of art into “performance” or  how I want to call it “spiritual capital”.

So I am not wondering that “writing” or “describing” is something important for Franz West´s oevre. He puts it on a same level as his art work or his performances because they just belong together.

As long you are feeling, smelling, reading and seeing you are experiencing and understand what “spiritual capital” is all about.

I am very lucky to be able show one of the original notes (or “Schriebe”) from Franz West. Here Franz West is referring to Theodor W. Adorno (see “under Adornos ice-cold sun of the capitalism” which he writes on a notepad of the brasilian Copacabana Palace hotel.

May the power and the art & color of Franz West´s words inspire you as they inspire me!


Franz west looking at his watch