Erwin Wurm

  • Duisburg
    July 7, 2017 - October 29, 2017
    Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
    MKM Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg, Germany

    The master of subversive irony and off-beat humour is now coming to the Ruhr region. In a joint exhibition, the MKM and the Lehmbruck Museum are showcasing works by the internationally acclaimed Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. The sculptures, photographs, murals, textile pieces and spatial installations combine to illustrate one thing: Wurm is celebrating chaos as a creative strategy. Transgressing boundaries with both humour and profundity, Wurm raises our expectations ad absurdum, and, in so doing, re-defines contemporary sculpture.

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  • Performative sculptures
    June 2, 2017 - September 10, 2017
    21er Haus
    Arsenalstraße 1
    Vienna, Austria

    Around 1990, Wurm found a new form of expression with his performative sculptures – a new term that the artist claimed for himself. The solo exhibition at the 21er Haus comprises upwards of 40 performative sculptures and statues, including a series of new works which Wurm developed especially for the show. In his most recent work, he deals with extraordinary examples of architecture and objects of daily use. The starting point is represented by models and blocks of clay, which are usually processed by Wurm himself or other people whom he instructs. Tension arises in the dialogue between the original form of objects and the traces left by the performative interventions, turning the body into the material and the medium of action. In the exhibition, the works of clay are juxtaposed with castings made of bronze, aluminium, iron, or polyester resin.

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  • Football-sized lump of clay on light blue car roof
    March 24, 2017 - August 28, 2017
    Kunsthaus Graz
    Lendkai 1
    8020 Graz, AUSTRIA

    An exhibition by Erwin Wurm does not mean a retrospective of the work of Austria’s surely most prominent contemporary artist, who, together with Brigitte Kowanz will fill the Austrian Pavilion at Venice this year. Instead, the building will assume the role of a generator, becoming an active participant in events. Football-sized lump of clay on a light blue car roof shows works developed specially for the Kunsthaus Graz, whereby elements of the performative, participatory and sculptural are connected with each other and the building. Evolving consistently his expanded notion of sculpture, Wurm now confronts the public with the idea of a ‘word sculpture’. Thus we encounter protagonists in the Kunsthaus who address directly the visitors from the pedestal, describing a situation as introduced in the exhibition title. This imagining of the situation ourselves, thus self-creating the sculpture as it were, is a radical extension of Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures. The imaginary becomes the exclusive location of the images.

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    April 15, 2016 - August 22, 2016
    Landesmuseum für Moderne
    Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur
    Alte Jakobstraße 124–128
    10969 Berlin Germany

    Erwin Wurm (*1954) was invited to join the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme in 1987. His residence in the city coincided with a period of redefinition in his work. Since the late 1980s he has been exploring the boundaries between sculpture, object and performance.

    A key exhibit is the Narrow House, a faithful reconstruction of his parents’ home in every detail, except that the artist has compressed it into a depth of just over a metre. By walking around the house, visitors literally experience the constrictions of provincial life. This work is accompanied by several One Minute Sculptures: instructions invite visitors to adopt unusual poses with the help of everyday objects, turning themselves briefly into a living sculpture. The third section of this exhibition, a comprehensive display of drawings by Erwin Wurm, is in itself a première.


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  • Performing for the Camera
    February 18, 2016 - June 12, 2016
    TATE Modern
    London, UK

    During an exclusive out of hours viewing of Performing for the Camera featured artist Erwin Wurm invites you to make a One Minute Sculpture. Through his work Erwin Wurm questions and reflects on sculpture itself, seeking to overcome its restrictions, limiting its life time to one minute only. Using everyday domestic objects and found furniture, Erwin creates situations and instructions that allow you to become an artwork for sixty seconds.

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  • One Minute Sculptures
    January 28, 2016 - March 27, 2016
    MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles
    California, USA

    Austrian artist Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures have influenced a generation of sculptors, though this body of work has never been shown at a major institution in Los Angeles. For his exhibition at the Schindler House, Wurm will source props ranging from banal to blatantly comedic, and then produce a set of instructions for visitors to perform the various sculptures for sixty seconds at a time, consisting of balancing acts, mild contortions, and altered uses of everyday physical objects.

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  • Vita Vitale I La Biennale di Venezia
    May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, Ca’ Garzoni, Calle del Traghetto o Garzoni, San Marco 3416, Venice, Italy

    Selected artworks by Tony Cragg, Erwin Wurm and Andy Warhol will be presented in the exhibition Vita Vitale curated by Artwise. Held in the Azerbaijan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, the show reveals the delicate balance of our planet’s ecosystem and man’s destructive footprint within it. Vita Vitale unites over 20 contemporary artists from Europe, the USA, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan - notwithstanding language, cultural heritage or geographical borders - to raise awareness about our environment and man’s position within it. 

    For further information please visit the official website of the Biennale di Venezia here

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  • Erwin Wurm: Disruption
    April 30, 2015 - September 20, 2015
    Sara Hildén Art Museum, Tampere, Finland

    The Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, will present from 30 April 2015 until 20 September 2015 a retrospective exhibition of sculptor Erwin Wurm. For further details please visit the museum´s official homepage here.

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  • Artist Talk
    April 12, 2015 - April 12, 2015
    Albertina, Vienna, Austria

    Erwin Wurm is one of the 100 contemporary artists currently presented at the Albertina, Vienna, as part of the exhibition Degas, Cezanne, Seurat - the dream archive of the Musée d'Orsay. In an interview with director Klaus Albrecht Schröder on Sunday, 12 April 2015 at 11am, Wurm shares his view on the artistic expressions of the 19th century.

    Please register for the artist talk by contacting the Albertina.

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  • Am I Still A House?
    April 11, 2015 - July 12, 2015
    Sculpture Park Waldfrieden, Wuppertal, Germany
    The Sculpture Park Waldfrieden in Wuppertal, Germany, presents from 11 April until 12 Juli, 2015, sculptures by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. Under the title Am I Still A House? the exhibition focusses on sculptures relating to the subject of the house. One of the highlights is the walk-in sculpture Fat House from 2004, a country house in original size. Just as Fat House, the other exhibits are deformed in an irritating way: they are fat or obese, rugged, they melt away or show traces of violent processing. This alienation gives the works their sculptural quality and leads the perception in a border area where the spontaneous identification of the artwork with the banal design "house" fails. Instead, the abstract, formal quality of the object will become a focal point.
    For further information about the exhibition please visit the official website of the Sculpture Park Waldfrieden here
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