Erwin Wurm (b. 1954 Bruck an der Mur/Styria, Austria; lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria) came to prominence with his One Minute Sculptures, a project that he began in 1996/1997.
In these works, Wurm gives written or drawn instructions to participants that indicate actions or poses to perform with everyday objects such as chairs, buckets, fruit, or knit sweaters.

These sculptures are by nature ephemeral, and by incorporating photography and performance into the process Wurm challenges the formal qualities of the medium as well as the boundaries between performance and daily life an spectator and participant.

While in this series he explores the idea of the human body as sculpture, in some of his more recent work he anthropomorphizes everyday objects in unsettling ways, like contorting sausage-like forms into bronze sculptures in Abs- tract Sculptures, or distorting and bloating the volume and shape of a car in Fat Car.
Wurm considers the physical act of gaining and losing weight a sculptural gesture, and often creates the illusion of bodily growth or shrinkage in his work. While Wurm considers humor an important tool in his work, there is always an underlying social critique of contemporary culture, particularly in response to the capitalist influences and resulting societal pressures that the artist sees as contrary to our internal ideals. Wurm emphasizes this dichotomy by working within the liminal space between high and low and merging genres to explore what he views as a farcical and invented reality.

His works can be found in all these following public collections:

AUSTRALIA
MONA - Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane


AUSTRIA
Albertina, Vienna
Kunst der Gegenwart, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg/Vienna Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
MAK, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna
Museum für Gegenwartskunst Stift Admont, Admont
Museum Liaunig, Neuhaus
MUMOK, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz Niederösterreichisches Landesmuseum, St. Pölten Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna
Österreichischer Skulpturenpark, Graz
Sammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbank, Vienna


BELGIUM
Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ostend

CANADA
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver

DENMARK
Louisiana, Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk Museum Jorn, Silkeborg

FINLAND
Sara Hildén, Art Museum, Tampere

FRANCE
CAPC, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Centre Pompidou, Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon
FRAC Franche-Comté, Besançon
FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Montpellier
FRAC Limousin, Limoges
FRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Marseille
mac, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Marseille
Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon
MEP, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris


GERMANY
About Change Collection, Berlin
Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Eschborn
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg
Kunstwerk Sammlung Klein, Eberdingen-Nussdorf Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg
MARTa Herford Sammlung, Herford
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Museum Würth, Künzelsau
Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Berlin
Sammlung Reinking, Hamburg
Sammlung Wemhöner, Berlin
Schauwerk Sindelfingen, Sindelfingen
Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden, Wuppertal
Städel Museum, Frankfurt
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich Weserburg, Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen
ZKM, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe


HUNGARY
Ludwig Museum Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest


ITALY
Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato
MAMbo, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Bologna
Museion, Museo d’Arte Moderne e Contemporanea Bolzano, Bolzano Nomas Foundation, Rome


JAPAN
National Museum of Art, Osaka Towada Art Center, Towada


MEXICO
Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, San Angel, Mexico City


NETHERLANDS
Gemeentemuseum, The Hague Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague Museum het Domein, Sittard Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar


PORTUGAL
Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon


SPAIN
CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga Fundación ARCO, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres


SWITZERLAND
Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern UBS Art Collection, Zürich


TURKEY
Elgiz Museum, Istanbul


UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi


UK
Tate Modern, London


USA
MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, New York Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California City Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Henry Art Gallery, Washington
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis
Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California
Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois
Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Judith Rothschild Foundation, New York
West Collection, Oaks, Pennsylvania
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

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