Erwin Wurm

  • Peace and Plenty
    May 17, 2019 - September 15, 2019

    The Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseilles presents the works of Erwin Wurm, on view at the Cantini Museum. The musée des Beaux-Arts, the chapel at Centre de la Vieille Charité and the Château Borély gardens will also show accompanying works.

    Erwin Wurm was born in 1954. He lives and works in Vienna and in Limberg/Lower Austria. During the 1990s, he attracted much attention with his "One-Minute Sculptures". Following the artist's partly written and partly pictorial instructions, visitors to the exhibition could themselves briefly become sculptures, by taking up often absurd poses frequently involving everyday objects – especially clothing – such as the knitted pullovers, frequently recurring in his works. Clothing as a sculptural theme, the second skin, the protective shell, the outline, and also the filling out of a volume is of prime importance in Erwin Wurm's complex work, which includes performance, video, photography, drawing and classical sculpture, in combination and interdependence. Time is a further important factor which he explores in all kinds of different  ways:  from the shortest-lived works , the "dust sculptures", through large-scale installations, in which fixed architectural components are dressed in knitted pullovers, to the performative "One-Minute Sculptures".Wurm understands the concept of sculpture as the pre-modern premise that sculpture is concerned with the alteration of mass and volume. In this respect, he describes humans gaining or losing weight as a sculptural act. His artistic expression, rather like the comic strip or science fiction images, is clear and simple, readily accessible to a wide public. At the same time, he makes use of cynical criticism. Individuality as a projection from outside. 

    “I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political.” Erwin Wurm

    MUSÉE CANTINI - A retrospective of the artist's most celebrated works and videos



    CHÂTEAU BORÉLY- BODIES (by reservation only)

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    March 4, 2019 - March 4, 2019
    London ELY HOUSE


    Monday, March 4th at 6:30pm, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, London.

    37 Dover Street, W1S 4NJ

    In collaboration with Tank Magazine


    Join us for a conversation between Erwin Wurm and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, who have known one another since Hans Ulrich Obrist visited Wurm's studio aged 17. The wide-ranging conversation will explore the artist's work, which has expanded conceptions of sculpture and the human form, his sustained interest in the intersections of the physical and the psychological and the transitory quality of today's society. The talk takes its title Look Up from one of Wurm's drawings shown in the exhibition, from a new body of work that presents insight into the artist's outlook and artistic practice.

    The event offers an after-hours gallery opening of our current London exhibition Erwin Wurm: New Work, with an opportunity for guests to participate in the One Minute Sculpture performance on loan from Tate's permanent collection, which will be recorded in a photograph for them to keep.


    The largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of works by the Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm: New Work encompasses the artist’s new group of ceramic works, which take the form of bodily abstractions; new works on paper; a new work in his Fat Car series; the latest in his humanoid Stone sculptures, which stand upright on legs; Polaroids recording recent One Minute Sculptures and live performances of a One Minute Sculpture on loan from Tate’s permanent collection. Throughout the show’s run, visitors are invited to participate in creating their own One Minute Sculpture according to the artist's instructions. Performances take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 2 - 6pm.

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    June 9, 2018 - August 26, 2018
    Public Art Fund
    Brooklyn Bridge Park
    New York, NY, USA

    During his nearly 30-year career, Erwin Wurm has explored the boundaries between the human body and sculpture. He often invites spectators to take on a participatory role and become a part of his practice. Public Art Funds has brought Wurm’s latest experiential initiative to Brooklyn Bridge Park in the form of Hot Dog Bus, an overstuffed mobile sculpture that will serve free hot dogs to park-goers throughout the summer.

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  • 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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