I AM ERWIN WURM
On 11 March Galleri Bo Bjerggaard opens the "I am Erwin Wurm" exhibition featuring the internationally acclaimed Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm.
Erwin Wurm is renowned for his experiments with varied expressions, media and materials and his work can be located at the crossroads of conceptual art, pop art and minimalism. In his three-dimensional works, performance art, videos and photography – categories that the artist simply regards as sculpture – Wurm uses humour and absurd scenarios to generate discourse on social and cultural structures. The show at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard has been arranged in close collaboration with the artist himself along with the Brandts art hall in Odense, which will be holding a major Erwin Wurm exhibition at the same time.
In the catalogue that accompanies the Galleri Bo Bjerggaard show, Anna Krogh, the curator of the Brandts exhibition, writes: ”Wurm’s distinguishing mark is a revealing cynicism made palatable by ironic and humorous imagery. By making use of surprise and exaggeration, caricature and banality, his works evoke laughter. This opens the possibility of discussing complex affairs that extend beyond sculptural form and expression. Wurm himself sees humour as a potential instrument of social criticism – a way of subversively turning things upside down and thereby commenting on the world in general. Wurm constantly plays with political incorrectness, evoking laughter but also thoughtful consideration of a particular situation and consequently of the questions raised by the artist.”
The show at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard will be held in the same spirit as the Brandts exhibition; however, the gallery will focus more on the smaller, more intimate sculptures and photographs while Brandt will present the more monumental works.
Erwin Wurm will stage an "I am Erwin Wurm” happening on the opening day of the show. The first 50 visitors to Galleri Bo Bjerggaard to don a T-shirt that says “I am Erwin Wurm” and pose for at least one minute on a pedestal will be allowed to keep the T-shirt, designed and donated by Thomas Gundorph of the Danish brand Junk de Luxe.
Erwin Wurm was born in 1954 in Austria. He lives in Vienna and Limberg, Austria. His works are included in prestigious collections worldwide including Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Kunsthaus Zürich, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon and Centre Pompidou, Paris. The shows in Copenhagen and Odense will be the first shows by Erwin Wurm to be held in Scandinavia.
Everyone is welcome to join us at the opening which will take place on Friday 11 March from 4.00-6.00 pm. The artist will be present at the opening.
"I am Erwin Wurm" can be seen at Galleri Bo Bjerggaard until 25 June.