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Nick Cave retrospective set for Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

“Nick Cave: Forothermore” will debut in May 2022 at the museum, and will include some of his most famous works and new installations.

Nick Cave, “Speak Louder, 2011,” Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, © Nick Cave.
Nick Cave, “Speak Louder, 2011,” Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, © Nick Cave.
James Prinz Photography

A retrospective of the work of internationally acclaimed artist Nick Cave will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2022, it was announced Tuesday.

“Nick Cave: Forothermore” will run May 14 - Oct 2, 2022 at the museum, and will include some of his most famous works, immersive installations, fashion, bronze sculptures, tapestries, videos as well as never-before-seen works including “Soundsuits 9:29,” the newest installation in Cave’s ‘Soundsuits” series of brightly colored wearable sculptures that speak to the social issues of the day.

Nick Cave
Nick Cave
James Prinz Photography

In addition, the exhibition will feature “Spinner Forest,” a site-specific installation “comprised of thousands of kinetic spinners” that will hang in the museum’s two-story atrium and fourth-floor lobby, and “Hy-Dyve,” a room-sized video installation in the museum’s fourth floor gallery.

The retrospective is being billed as “the most comprehensive survey of Cave’s work to date,” spanning more than 30 years. Cave is also a professor of Fashion, Body and Garment at the School of the Art Institute.

“We are both thrilled and humbled to work with Nick Cave on the first major retrospective of his brilliant work over the last thirty years, many of those spent as a close friend and ongoing presence at the MCA,” MCA Director Madeleine Grynsztejn said via statement. “Nick’s passion for allowing art and beauty to address deeper questions of our time has been a tremendous influence on the artistic community, and to those who encounter his work in Chicago and abroad. Nick’s awe-inspiring creations and stunning performances encourage us to think of a more harmonious future.”

Nick Cave, “Soundsuit,” 2011. © Nick Cave. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Nick Cave, “Soundsuit,” 2011. © Nick Cave.
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York