The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga is presenting the first solo exhibition in a Spanish museum of KAWS, entitled FINAL DAYS. Curated by Fernando Francés, it includes five large-scale, carved wooden sculptures of his celebrated COMPANION, among other figures. In their numerous different versions, they represent the work for which KAWS, who is also a forerunner of the Art & Toys movement, is internationally known.
The works in the present exhibition have never previously been exhibited. Most measure around 2 metres high and weigh one tonne. The central work is the monumental sculpture FINAL DAYS (2013), which measures 6 metres high, has a diameter of more than 3 metres and weighs 10 tonnes. The artist has made it for this exhibition, incorporating new elements such as the treatment of the wood and a different colour range. Another specific feature of KAWS’s work is the repetition of certain elements, a device that functions to express the evolution of his characters in comparison to the way human beings experience the passing of time. These original figures have developed to the point where they are now presented as different ones entitled ORIGINALFAKE COMPANION, in which half the bodies have the organs and muscles exposed.
The exhibition runs through June 22, 2014.