Liz Magor: «you you you»

 

18. February 2017  –  7. May 2017

Featuring artworks by:
Liz Magor

Liz Magor, Carton II, 2006, 29.2 x 53.3 x 48.2 cm, Collection du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Photo: Richard-Max Tremblay

In her native Canada and beyond, the artist Liz Magor (b. 1948) is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary sculptors; the oeuvre she has built since the 1970s has guided an entire generation of younger artists. Her art investigates the culture of production and value and the associated ambivalent relationship humans have with consumer goods. The retrospective focuses on sculptures and installations the artist created in her studio in Vancouver over the past three decades. Composed of found everyday objects, her allegorical tableaus question idealized notions of nature embedded in modern culture and penetrate the psychology of desire and addiction. From an art-historical perspective, Liz Magor’s decades-long engagement with the world of material things and their resonance has led her to stake out a highly idiosyncratic position. Presented casually, without pedestals, her meticulously finished sculptures are defined by a profoundly affecting physicality. In light of the recent «material turn» in the work of younger artists, but also in the humanities and cultural studies, Magor’s art speaks forcefully to contemporary concerns. The Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst presents the first extensive exhibition of Liz Magor’s oeuvre in Switzerland.

The exhibition at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst was conceived in close collaboration with the Kunstverein in Hamburg and realized in partnership with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver.

Visitors' guide

Exhibition view, Liz Magor: «you you you», Foto: FBM Studio
Exhibition view, Liz Magor: «you you you», Foto: FBM Studio

List of works

Liz Magor: One Bedroom Apartment

Liz Magor

One Bedroom Apartment
1996
Polyester resin, furniture, household contents
Dimensions variable

Liz Magor: Felt Family

Liz Magor

Felt Family
2016
Polymerized gypsum, plastic bags, felted wool, hair, hair accessories
205 x 117 x 22 cm

Liz Magor: Good Shepherd

Liz Magor

Good Shepherd
2016
Polymerized gypsum, wool, paper, plastic bags, polyethylene sheet
133.5 x 261.5 x 30.5 cm

Liz Magor: New Society

Liz Magor

New Society
2016
Polymerized gypsum, plastic bag, nylon stockings
153 x 150 x 17 cm

Liz Magor: Party Pet

Liz Magor

Party Pet
2016
Polymerized gypsum, soft toy
37 x 24 x 24 cm

Liz Magor: Hair

Liz Magor

Hair
2015
Polymerized gypsum, foil, paper, acrylic, plastic bag, googly eyes
33 x 30 x 21 cm

Liz Magor: All the Names II

Liz Magor

All the Names II
2014
Silicone rubber, cotton textile, labels
27 x 42 x 31 cm

Liz Magor: All the Names III

Liz Magor

All the Names III
2014
Silicone rubber, gift boxes, wrapping paper, ribbon
22 x 62 x 37 cm

Liz Magor: Mademoiselle Raymonde

Liz Magor

Mademoiselle Raymonde
2014
Polymerized gypsum, doilies, string, paper, plastic bags, gift bags
16.5 x 55 x 40 cm

Liz Magor: Alberta/Quebec

Liz Magor

Alberta/Quebec
2013
Wool, labels, thread, dye, plastic, metal, wood
143 x 58 x 5 cm

Liz Magor: French from France

Liz Magor

French from France
2013
Wool, labels, thread, metal, wood, staples
157 x 48 x 6.5 cm

Liz Magor: Phoenix

Liz Magor

Phoenix
2013
Wool, cotton, thread, mica flakes, plastic, wire hanger
148 x 54 x 14 cm

Liz Magor: Casual

Liz Magor

Casual
2012
Silicone rubber, chair
81 x 62 x 60 cm

Liz Magor: Formal I

Liz Magor

Formal I
2012
Silicone, chair
81 x 65 x 58 cm

Liz Magor: Formal II

Liz Magor

Formal II
2012
Silicone rubber, chair
82 x 77 x 62 cm

Liz Magor: Chinese Green

Liz Magor

Chinese Green
2011
Wool, label, metal, thread, wood
153 x 62 x 10 cm

Liz Magor: Kenwood (Salmon)

Liz Magor

Kenwood (Salmon)
2011
Wool, label, plastic, polymerized gypsum, plastic hanger
115 x 58 x 11 cm

Liz Magor: Mossfield Twins

Liz Magor

Mossfield Twins
2011
Wool, labels, pins, paper, wire hangers
139 x 94 x 6 cm

Liz Magor: Moth-proofed

Liz Magor

Moth-proofed
2011
Wool, hair, wire hanger, plastic, polymerized gypsum, thread, wood
173 x 53.5 x 10 cm

Liz Magor: Buck (Jagermeister)

Liz Magor

Buck (Jagermeister)
2008
Polymerized gypsum, bottle of Jägermeister
40 x 70 x 48 cm

Liz Magor: Stack of Trays

Liz Magor

Stack of Trays
2008
Polymerized gypsum, chewing gum, found objects
24 x 45 x 47 cm

Liz Magor: Tweed (Kidney)

Liz Magor

Tweed (Kidney)
2008
Polymerized gypsum, bottle of Tequila
11 x 34 x 41 cm

Liz Magor: Tray (Stacked Lotus)

Liz Magor

Tray (Stacked Lotus)
unknown
Polymerized gypsum
3 x 35 x 35 cm

Liz Magor: Carton II

Liz Magor

Carton II
2006
Polymerized gypsum, cigarettes, chewing gum, matches, lighters
26 x 60 x 45 cm

Liz Magor: Near Clear

Liz Magor

Near Clear
2005
Polymerized gypsum, silicone, wood
160.5 x 66.5 x 16 cm

Liz Magor: Camping Portfolio

Liz Magor

Camping Portfolio
2002
Gelatine silver print
4 of 10 parts: each 66.5 x 52 x 3 cm

Liz Magor: Dobule Cabinet Blue

Liz Magor

Dobule Cabinet Blue
2001
Polymerized gypsum, beer cans
23 x 70 x 43 cm

Liz Magor: Double Cabinet (Rust and Wine)

Liz Magor

Double Cabinet (Rust and Wine)
2001
Polymerized gypsum, bottles of gin
23 x 69 x 41 cm

Liz Magor: Chee-to

Liz Magor

Chee-to
2000
Polymerized gypsum, Cheetos
47 x 162 x 97 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeper #2

Liz Magor

Sleeper #2
1999
Silicone rubber, polyurethane doll head
13 x 73 x 18 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeper #6

Liz Magor

Sleeper #6
1999
Silicone rubber, polyurethane doll head
14 x 68 x 16 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeper #9

Liz Magor

Sleeper #9
1999
Silicone rubber, polyurethane doll head
16 x 85 x 20 cm

Liz Magor: Tent

Liz Magor

Tent
1999
Silicone rubber, nylon
195 x 53 x 18 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeping Bag 2

Liz Magor

Sleeping Bag 2
1998
Polyurethane rubber, fabric
21 x 213 x 60 cm

Liz Magor: Eddie's White Wonder

Liz Magor

Eddie's White Wonder
1994
Silicon rubber, wood
414 x 25.4 x 25.5 cm

Liz Magor: Banff Chair

Liz Magor

Banff Chair
1991
Steel, foam, synthetic fur, deerskin gloves
78 x 115 x 81 cm

Liz Magor: Field Work

Liz Magor

Field Work
1989
Gelatine silver print
4 of 10 parts: each 66 x 58.5 x 4.5 cm

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