Erwin Wurm, "cucumbers 2011 Skulpturen für den Furtwänglerpark in Salzburg Dimensionen 165 -200 cm". Courtesy Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman. Photo Lienbacher
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition Erwin Wurm new sculptures. This is the artist's third solo exhibition at the gallery. Erwin Wurm is showing sculptures, most of them will be exhibited for the first time and are from 2011, some are casted in bronze especially for the occasion, others are in aluminium or plaster, figures around skeletons made of wooden slats, sculptures toying with the concepts of figure and pedestal. Alongside the sculptures the show includes also a drinking furniture, which was exhibited at his recent show Schöner Wohnen at MAK Vienna, and drawings.
Erwin Wurm is a conceptual sculptor. He deals with basic sculptural questions, with the transformation of volumes, thus opening up surprising, new perspectives on the world. Wurm's work is about human being. The new sculptures are closely linked to earlier works. Physical deformation in his oeuvre often indicates an emotional or psychological condition. The artist gives a physical form to something intangible, in particular a psychological, emotional or intuitive consciousness.
During the 1990s, Erwin Wurm attracted much attention with his One-Minute Sculptures. Following the artist' s instructions, visitors to the exhibition could themselves briefly become sculptures, by taking up often absurd poses frequently involving everyday objects. In the early 1990s, Wurm made a video entitled 59 Positions, which we showed, together with its stills, in our exhibition Erwin Wurm - 59 Stellungen in 1999. Now it is in the collections of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum Innsbruck.
The artist traces social developments and, in the process, re-examines the conventional concepts of sculpture. Most recently, he caused quite a stir with his Narrow House at the 54th Biennale di Venezia. Now, in collaboration with Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Erwin Wurm has realised a series of sculptures entitled Gurken (lit. Cucumbers), five bronze sculptures of up to two metres in height, that found their permanent home in Salzburg opposite the Festspielhaus. Erwin Wurm: "The fascination of the multitude of forms, that can never be exhausted as none of them resembles the other, there is something about that. Each cucumber is unique, and yet immediately recognisable as a cucumber, and as belonging to a group ... like humans."
Erwin Wurm (born 1954) lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, is one of the most successful contemporary artists. He became famous with his one-minute sculptures. In the last two years his work was shown in more than 20 international museums. Recent solo exhibitions have been held a.o. at the Middleheimmuseum Antwerp (2011), Kunsthallen Brandts/Brandts Klaedefabrik Odense, Denmark (2011), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (2011), Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia (2011) and MAK Vienna (2011), Kunstmuseum Bonn (2010), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, (2010), Essl Museum Klosterneuburg (2010), Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau Munich (2009).