“Erwin Wurm”

The Centre Pompidou to celebrate its 40th birthday in Arles

The Centre Pompidou will be celebrating its 40th birthday everywhere in France, even at the Rencontres d’Arles 2017. Here, the museum will be presenting, from 3 July to 24 September, the exhibition “Le spectre du surrealism”, curated by Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska. The exhibition will query archetypes in surrealist photography, from Jacques-André Boiffard’s Gros Orteil to Dora Maar’s Portrait d’Ubu. The diachronic exhibition will bring into dialogue Hans Bellmer and Aneta Grezeszykowska, Brassaï and Zoe Leonard, René Magritte and Erwin Wurm, as well as Raoul Ubac and Arthur...

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“Lilas”, the Zaha Hadid pavilion, on sale at Sotheby’s

Created in 2007 for the Serpentine Gallery’s summer fair, Zaha Hadid’s “Lilas” pavilion is part of the 11th yearly “Beyond Limits” exhibition at Sotheby’s. The event focuses on outdoor sculptures from the modern and contemporary era, and is visible until 30 October in the historic gardens of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire – the former seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Apart from the pavilion, the exhibition offers 19 sculptures, namely by Cristina Iglesias, Bruce Munro, Erwin Wurm and Joana...

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Erwin Wurm to represent Austria at the next Venice Biennale

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm will be representing Austria at the 57th Venice Biennale. Born in 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria, Erwin Wurm is a photographer and sculptor. He lives and works in Vienna. After creating his “Narrow House” at the 2011 Venice Biennale, Erwin Wurm will this time join up with Brigitte Kowanz for an exhibition called “Licht-Pavillon”. Curatorship will be entrusted to Christa Steinle. Erwin Wurm’s works often associate absurdity and humour with a conceptual dimension that he described in the following way to Véronique Bouruet-Aubertot for Connaissance des Arts: “I have given a place and value to what is usually rejected or hidden: absurdity, failure. In my mind, playfulness possesses great force, a true power of subversion. Humour and playfulness truly allow the raising of many questions, conveying many things without being hurtful or didactic.” The Hoffman pavilion will therefore be hosting two separate artistic projects by the two artists, curated by Christa...

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Erwin Wurm at Thaddaeus Ropac

Paris, 4 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Parisian gallery Thaddaeus Ropac is presenting from 3 March through 27 April 2013 the work of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. The artist produced a performance about the “Wittgensteinian grammar of physical culture.” His creation is composed of clay models of buildings and monuments emblematic of European and American architectures. The specificity of this performance lies in the artist’s partial destruction of the models. Indeed, once the models are brought to completion, he will kick, nudge and punch at them, before eventually throwing himself on them. The models include prisons, psychiatric hospitals, warehouses, bunkers, as well as the home of the artist’s ex-wife. Erwin Wurm, born in Austria in 1954, lives and works between Vienna and Limberg. His recent shows include the Dallas Contemporary, Texas and the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga. Exhibitions are scheduled at the Mocak, Cracow (October 2013), the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe and the Städel Museum in...

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Apo-calypse exhibition in Switzerland

Montreux, 13 November 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 16 November to 21 December 2012, an international contemporary art exhibition will be held in the ancient factory Béard argenterie (1,200 sqm) in Clarens/Montreux, Switzerland. The reception day will be 16 November 2012 at 5:30pm. The exhibition, through the collective of Einzweidrei, gathers 28 artists under the theme of the Apocalypse. Some of the artists that will be present are Ai Weiwei, Erwin Wurm, Hans Op de Beeck, Jonathan Monk, Shilpa Gupta, Gianni Motti, Rebecca Maeder among others. The exhibition will also be animated by lectures, shows and a tribute to John Cage by the ensemBle baBel  at the Théâtre l’Oriental Vevey. There will be a performance by Nicoel Murmann (24 November), several films projected by Cinema/LUFF and specially chosen for the exhibition  such as The Exterminating Angel from Luis Buñuel or After the Apocalypse by Yasuaki Nakajima. It is not a mere coincidence that the exhibition ends 21 December 2012. We can however question the symbolic horror that this date...

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