The artist who swallowed the world : Erwin Wurm


The artist who swallowed the world : Erwin Wurm

[edited by Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien]

Hatje Cantz, 2006

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Exhibition catalogue

Catalog of the exhibition held at Ludwig-Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Sept. 23-Nov. 26, 2006 ; MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Oct. 20, 2006-Feb. 2, 2007 ; Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Apr. 1-Aug. 31, 2007 ; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen ; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon

Biography: p. 290

Includes bibliographical references (p. 295-298)



In his wonderfully ambiguous One Minute Sculptures, which are only humorous at first glance, the Vienna-based conceptualist, Erwin Wurm, takes a literal approach to sculpture while also taking the medium apart: anyone can be a piece of art for a minute by following his instructions. The non-human works by which he is best known, the overinflated and floppy Fat Car and Fat House, are likewise spirited, thoughtful critiques, in this case of consumer culture. Their strained poses, like those of his One Minute participants, raise immediate, simple questions concerning normality and the meaning or lack of it in both artistic conventions and human actions. Wurm's profoundly humane work is an eye-opener to social forces, and always playful. Those who know it look forward to each new piece. This informative monograph assembles many previously unpublished videos, sculptures, installations and performances.

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