Erwin Wurm

Fat Survival

26.01.-31.03.2002 10:00-18:00


Opening: Fri, 25th January 2002, 7pm
Curated by: Peter Weibel

In its first phase, the development of sculpture in the 20 century was characterised by detachment from the human body. In Brancusi's work, the human head becomes increasingly geometric and ultimately egg-shaped. This process was called abstraction, meaning abstraction from human dimensions.

After this phase of loss of the human proportion in sculpture, this 'dehumanisation' as the process was referred to in conservative cultural critique, followed the second phase, the concretisation of sculpture. All things could be called a sculpture: sculpture as an object from urinal to bicycle. In the 1980s furniture established itself as part of the sculptural world of objects. The abstract object became an article of everyday use. Furniture sculpture was both an object of everyday use and sculpture.
As a consequence the human body re-entered the picture. Using furniture meant sitting on it etc, hence anthropomorphism and the world of the concrete met in contemporary sculpture. Wurm was one of the pioneers of this act reconciliation. His use of media such as video and photography is unique. These media allowed him to introduce new parameters of sculpture such as duration alongside the classic ones like gravitation, weight, statics, stability, equilibrium, materiality and form. Human bodies, connected with objects and holding positions they could only maintain for minutes, are ideal expansions of sculpture into the field of media.
Peter Weibel

[Translate to English:]

Als singulär ist dabei sein Einsatz der Medien Fotografie und Video zu betrachten, die ihm erlaubten, neben den klassischen Parametern der Skulptur wie Gravitation, Gewicht, Statik, Stabilität, Equilibrium, Materialität, Form, auch neue wie die Dauer einzuführen. Menschliche Körper in Verbindung mit Gegenständen und in Positionen, die sie nur für Minuten einnehmen können, sind ideale Erweiterungen der Skulptur ins Feld der Medien.

Anläßlich der Eröffnung wird der Internationale Kunstpreis der Galerie CC (Grazer Congress / Casino Graz) an Erwin Wurm vergeben.

Neue Galerie Graz

Joanneumquarter, access Kalchberggasse
, Österreich

 

Opening Hours

Tues-Sun 10am-5pm

 
Guided tours: 

Sun 11am (en), Sat, Sun, public holidays 2pm (ger). For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

 

Opening Hours Library
Tues and Thurs 10am-3pm and by appointment


Opening hours OHO!
Tues - Fri 10am - 12pm
Sat 9am - 12 pm
Sun and public holidays 9am - 6pm

 

2nd April 2018
21st May 2018

24th/25th December
13th February 2018
24th/25th December 2018