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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Erwin Wurm: Wear Me Out by Walter Van Beirendonck

The open air Middelheim Museum in Antwerp hosts an exhibition dedicated to the work of the legendary sculptor, some of it in collaboration with fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck. Despite early ambitions to become a painter, Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has spent the last 30 years exploring, questioning and redefining the traditional art of sculpting. He has contributed pieces to collections across the world, from the Guggenheim Museum in New York to the Pompidou Centre in Paris. But Wurm is particularly known for his clever and humorous ‘one minute sculptures’, where members of the public are invited to become their own temporary pieces of art under instruction from Wurm. Like the name suggests, they are constructed and dismantled in an instant, with only a snap shot or drawing to remember them by. His fascination with the interaction between people and every day objects brought him together with Antwerp fashion designer Walter Van Beirendonck to create what Beirendonck describes as ‘walking sculptures’. Dazed spoke to Erwin Wurm about the collaboration and how he defends his sub-ephemeral art work... Read More

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