Maison Européenne de la Photographie
17 Jun → 25 Oct 2020
Wed to Fri from 11 am to 8 pm. Thu until 10 pm. Sat & Sun from 10 am to 8 pm. Closed Mon & Tue.
At the crossroads of performance, art and experimentation, Erwin Wurm's work is unlike any other. In order to question the medium of sculpture, which so disheartened him during his studies, the Austrian artist has gradually integrated photography, performance and video into his creative process, in a concern for permanent experimentation. For the first retrospective devoted to Erwin Wurm's photographic work, the MEP is presenting nearly 200 prints made since the 1980s, including previously unpublished works created especially for the exhibition. Photography has always been part of Wurm's work, first as an illustration of his works and performances, but also as a medium in its own right. Always with playfulness and a deep sense of the absurd, the artist questions masses and volumes (The arrival of the Portuguese in South America,), challenges social conventions (How to be politically incorrect), plays with bodies by weighing them down, twisting them, sculpting them into grotesque positions (One-minute sculptures). With sarcasm, he analyses the relationships between bodies, objects and society and pushes us to question ourselves: what about my own body?