Erwin Wurm Look Up: In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
19 February – 23 March 2019
A conversation between Erwin Wurm and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, on the occasion of the exhibition Erwin Wurm: New Work.
The wide-ranging conversation explored 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 took its title Look Up from one of Wurm's drawings shown in the exhibition, from a new body of work that presented insight into the artist's outlook and artistic practice.
The largest solo exhibition in the UK to date of works by the Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm: New Work encompassed 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 were invited to participate in creating their own One Minute Sculpture according to the artist's instructions.