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Mostly West – Franz West and Artist Collaborations

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

Absurdly yet ideally located in the refined calm of the Botanic Gardens, this show of Austrian mischief-maker Franz West’s collaborative works is divided into thematic rooms. It opens with his collection Edelweiss, a series of whitewashed found objects and paintings surrounding a tiny room plastered with copies of the Edinburgh Evening News. The contrast is startling. The exhibition moves on through kitsch furniture and minimalist poetry to Essenz, a series of inviting chairs all pointing at a whitewashed block on the wall. West’s final joke is Talk Without Words – two chairs with a giant green fuzzy ball suspended between them, to be headbutted back and forth between silent participants. A refreshingly fun escape from the madness of the city centre.

Inverleith House, until 1 Sept (not 5, 12, 19, 26), 10.00am – 5.30pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [James Hampson]