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
Polyester resin, furniture, household contents
Dimensions variable

Liz Magor: Felt Family

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Good Shepherd

Liz Magor

Good Shepherd
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
Polymerized gypsum, plastic bag, nylon stockings
153 x 150 x 17 cm

Liz Magor: Party Pet

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Hair

Liz Magor

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
Silicone rubber, cotton textile, labels
27 x 42 x 31 cm

Liz Magor: All the Names III

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Mademoiselle Raymonde

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Alberta/Quebec

Liz Magor

Wool, labels, thread, dye, plastic, metal, wood
143 x 58 x 5 cm

Liz Magor: French from France

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Phoenix

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Casual

Liz Magor

Silicone rubber, chair
81 x 62 x 60 cm

Liz Magor: Formal I

Liz Magor

Formal I
Silicone, chair
81 x 65 x 58 cm

Liz Magor: Formal II

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Chinese Green

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Kenwood (Salmon)

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Mossfield Twins

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Moth-proofed

Liz Magor

Wool, hair, wire hanger, plastic, polymerized gypsum, thread, wood
173 x 53.5 x 10 cm

Liz Magor: Buck (Jagermeister)

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Stack of Trays

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Tweed (Kidney)

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Tray (Stacked Lotus)

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Carton II

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Near Clear

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Camping Portfolio

Liz Magor

Camping Portfolio
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
Polymerized gypsum, beer cans
23 x 70 x 43 cm

Liz Magor: Double Cabinet (Rust and Wine)

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Chee-to

Liz Magor

Polymerized gypsum, Cheetos
47 x 162 x 97 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeper #2

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Sleeper #6

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Sleeper #9

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Tent

Liz Magor

Silicone rubber, nylon
195 x 53 x 18 cm

Liz Magor: Sleeping Bag 2

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Eddie's White Wonder

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Banff Chair

Liz Magor

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

Liz Magor: Field Work

Liz Magor

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

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