Erwin Wurm

Austrian, b. 1954


Erwin Wurm’s eclectic practice—incorporating sculpture, performance, photography, video, and installation—is unified by a combination of formal concerns and a sense of humor. In a sculptural series featuring works including Big Gulp Lying (2010), Wurm depicts anonymous human figures entangled in sweaters and other clothing items, creating a silhouette that is both perplexing and grotesque. Wurm also encourages viewer participation in many of his works, such as in Confessional (2003), a sculpture resembling a dog house with head-size holes on either side into which viewers are encouraged to insert their heads.

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Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
UCCA, and 4 more
Group show at a major institution
Tate Modern, and 5 more
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 4 more
Shows Featuring Erwin Wurm
Articles Featuring Erwin Wurm
The Best Public Art of 2018
Dec 12th, 2018
The Venice Biennale’s 11 Best Pavilions
May 10th, 2017
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