Franz West’s career path (Vienna, 1947) has led him to become one the most recognised central-European artists on today's scene. Trained and influenced by the European avant-garde and Viennese Actionism from the Sixties and Seventies, he represented his country at the Venice Biennale in 1990 and participated twice in the Documenta in Kassel, in 1992 and 1997. He has been featured in major retrospectives at the principle museums in Europe, although not in Spain until now.
Far from the conventional chronological order, the works in the exhibition Monocromos: de Malevich al presente are installed for this installation in series corresponding to colour environment. The dual-origin of monochrome art (the mystical and the specific) in its evolution during the twentieth century illustrates the division between the spiritual quest of a transcendental experience and the desire to emphasise the physical presence of the object as a concrete reality and not an illusion. The two opposite meanings -the specific object and mystical icon- blend into the first monochrome paintings of Kasimir Malevich, created on the eve of the Russian revolution.