ERWIN WURM
AWAY AT HOME

TEL AVIV MUSEUM OF ART, TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
4 APRIL – 14 OCTOBER 2023AWAY AT HOME is a major solo exhibition of the work of Austrian artist Erwin 
Wurm. The artist’s path to sculpture began in the 1990s, when he started
work on his ONE MINUTE SCULPTURES, a series that continues to this day. For
these works, the artist placed everyday objects – clothing, furniture, and
other household sundries – on pedestals and placed them in a gallery
setting. The “sculptures” include instructions that implore viewers to get on
said pedestals and perform an unscripted action with the object, for the
duration of a single minute. In so doing, the viewers effectively become the
actual sculptures for this brief moment, creating the conditions for a
dimension of time and change that is otherwise at odds with the material
statis of traditional notions of sculpture.AWAY AT HOME includes new ONE MINUTE SCULPTURES created from local pieces of furniture, as well as abstract environments – a wall, a cylinder –
that allow viewers to hide and reveal parts of their bodies. In the garden
adjacent to the gallery, Wurm presents his massive NARROW HOUSE – a to
scale replica of the artist’s childhood home that has been compressed into a
1.1-meter width. The house is fully accessible and obstacle-free for viewing
from the outside, but the interior of the installation is not accessible due to
its constraining dimensions.

© Images Elad Sarig

FEATURED ARTIST

ERWIN WURM

Erwin Wurm (b. 1954 in Bruck an der Mur, Austria) lives and works in Vienna and Limberg/Austria.

Erwin Wurm's oeuvre mainly comprises sculptures, but also photography, video, performance, and drawing. Many of his works are imbued with whimsical humor that puts the every day in a new perspective. One of his most influential groups of works are his One Minute Sculptures. There he has people pose with everyday objects to question the relationship between subject and object. Wurm's "Fat" sculptures, which show petty-bourgeois status symbols such as cars or single-family homes in an obese, bloated state, are also widely known. His work has...
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