Erwin Wurm: Euclidean Exercises
Become a work of art for one minute! Internationally recognized Austrian artist Erwin Wurm challenges the traditional notion of sculpture as static and unchanging. With his irreverent One Minute Sculptures presented at the IMA, Wurm invites you to complete his artworks. On empty platforms, the artist provides instructional drawings, along with props to be used in different poses. Each of these One Minute Sculptures, as enacted by a different visitor, becomes an entirely unique and fleeting portrait of the individual holding a specific pose. Visitors are invited to share photos of their realized One Minute Sculptures on social media using the hashtag #IMAWurm.
Some of the One Minute Sculptures presented at the IMA are from a new series called “Euclidean Exercises,” inspired by Euclid, the revered mathematician from Greco-Roman antiquity considered the father of geometry.
In locations throughout the IMA, such as the Clowes Pavilion and various galleries, visitors will encounter other works by Wurm including photos, video as well as "static" sculptures. By experiencing Wurm’s contemporary works in selected historical galleries, viewers are reminded that all art was once contemporary.
Born in Bruck an der Mur in Styria, Austria in 1954, Wurm studied at Gestaltungslehre University of Applied Art and the Academy of Fine Art, Vienna, Austria. Wurm has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Städel Museum, Frankfurt, Germany (2014), Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland (2013), CAC Malaga, Spain (2012), Dallas Contemporary, Texas (2012), Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2011), Middleheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium (2011), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2010), Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China (2010), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2008), among many others since 1999. In 2011, Erwin Wurm’s Narrow House was installed at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti as part of Glasstress 2011, a collateral event of the 54th Venice Biennale. Works by Wurm are represented in museum collections around the world, including Albertina, Vienna, Austria; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris, France; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Italy; CAC Malaga, Spain; Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, among others. Wurm currently resides in Vienna, Austria. The artist is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.
Made possible by the Efroymson Contemporary Art Fund, an endowed fund at the IMA. The Efroymson Contemporary Art Fund is an endowed fund that was established in 2006 by the Efroymson Family Fund to support work by emerging and established local, national, and international contemporary visual artists through a rotating installation program in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion. Past artists and collectives whose work has been supported by the Fund include Allora & Calzadilla, Ball-Nogues Studio, Tony Feher, Spencer Finch, Friends with You, Orly Genger, William Lamson, Judith G. Levy, Mary Miss, Julian Opie, Heather Rowe, Alyson Shotz, Julianne Swartz and Sopheap Pich.