Green and white sign for the Franz exhibition at the Gagosian Geneva
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Franz West

Geneva is home to many luxuries. From chocolate to jewellery, watches to highbrow culture. No wonder, then, that Larry Gagosian, the famed art gallerist whose career started off with a first gallery in Los Angeles, also opened a Genevan outpost in 2010. Now hosting an extensive Franz West exhibition, September 22nd – December 16th, 2017.

For Gagosian, who’s considered to be one of the most successful contemporary art dealers in the world, it’s his tenth venture, and it’s testament to the Swiss capital’s prestige in today’s art world circles. And with one in ten billionaires worldwide residing in Switzerland, the choice reflects a serious dose of business acumen on Gagosian’s part.

Located in an Art Deco building, Gagosian Gallery Geneva takes up the entire 140-square metre first floor, where local buyers, collectors and culture fiends will be treated to three to four shows a year. Gagosian’s reputation for organizing seminal exhibitions by leading modern and contemporary artists has undoubtedly been reinforced in the last 7 years he’s been around in Geneva.

The exterior of the Gagosian Gallery Geneva

Kicking off with a Giacometti exhibition of rarely seen pieces in 2010, Gagosian Geneva has ventured into a wide-ranging selection of artists to put into the Genevan spotlight. This summer, a career-spanning show of the enigmatic and reclusive 20th century French painter and photographer, Balthus graced the Swiss space, and this Autumn, it’s the Austrian sculptor and installation artist Franz West whose formal and conceptual work stands to stun Genevan audiences.

West, who lived, worked and died in Vienna from 1947 until 2012, has proven to be an incredibly influential artist whose aesthetic and ideas can be seen most clearly in furniture design. Blending sculpture, land art, installation art, performance and graphic art in his long and prolific career, Franz West is known for his formal experiments that turned art galleries into design lounges.

The Gagosian exhibition spans West’s career, with works from 1970 until 2010.  His manipulations of everyday materials are both philosophical and playful, linking art to social experience in a revolutionary way that brings the inside and the outside of the gallery closer together, transforming viewers into participants.

Franz West, artist whose works are now showing at the Gagosian Geneva
FRANZ WEST: Man with a Ball” Installation view Photo by Mike Bruce, Untitled (poster design for Franz West at David Zwirner), 1996
Installation view, David Zwirner New York

Make it in time for the exhibition’s opening on the 21st of September, combining this enlightening show with a luxurious stay at La Réserve Hotel and Spa Geneva, a White Line Hotels retreat that arguably has as established a cult status as West’s signature design principles.

Editor’s Journal Edit

Stay in über-luxury style at lakeside retreat La Réserve Hotel and Spa Genève, and indulge in a taste of the senses with five exclusive restaurants that range from Geneva’s first Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Tsé Fung, to spa restaurant Café Lauren, all overseen by chef extraordinaire, Philippe Durandeau. Peek in our Travel Journal for more Geneva gems, from style pad Rémi Tessier’s Villa Du Lac in the hotel grounds to its incredible Better Ageing Spa and the man behind the luxury – Michel Reybier, and his world of luxe wine. Step outside the oasis into Geneva itself and seek avant-garde jewellers, De Grisogono, before diving into culture hotspots from our Geneva Art + Design list.


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All images © Estate of Franz West, Galgosian Galery & Mike Bruce


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