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Bruce Nauman Bullet Illusion/Pencil Illusion, 2013 HD video installation (color, mono sound, continuous play, asynchronous loop) 2 HD video sources, 2 HD video projectors, 2 speakers SW 13353

Bruce Nauman: Presence/Absence 

10 March 2021 - 8 May 2021


White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of video works by Bruce Nauman. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, this is the first exhibition of his work in Hong Kong. Presence/Absence features two single-channel works, from 1999 and 2001, along with three dual-screen projections made in 2013, that foreground the artist’s experimental approach, both in front of and behind the camera. Shot at his ranch in New Mexico, in his studio or the surrounding landscape, they are explorations of mind and matter. Employing elements of performance, labour, language, illusion and duration, the works investigate cognitive and social spheres.
Nauman has said that ‘[…] what makes the work interesting is if you choose the right questions. Then, as you proceed, the answers are what’s interesting.’ With an economy of means, and the length of the work often determined by the duration of the medium or of a given task, they are modelled on the artist’s self-confessed desire ‘to find the most efficient way to get what I want’.


Bruce Nauman was born in 1941 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and lives and works in New Mexico. He has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, touring to the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (1972–74); Kunsthalle Basel and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1986–87); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1991); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, touring to Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1993–95); Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, touring to Centre Pompidou, Paris, Hayward Gallery, London and Nykytaiteen Museo, Helsinki (1997–99); Dia Art Foundation, New York (2002); Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin (2003); Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall commission, London (2004); Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, California, touring to Castello di Rivoli, Italy, and The Menil Collection, Houston, TX (2007–08); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2010); Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2012); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2015); Schaulager, Basel, touring to The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1, both New York (2018–19). In October 2020 Tate Modern, London opened a survey exhibition which will tour to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. An exhibition at Punta della Dogana, Venice is scheduled to open in Spring 2021.


10 March 2021
8 May 2021
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