Erwin Wurm. Desperate

Curator: Patrice Duhamel

Artist: Erwin Wurm

September 5, 2008 - October 11, 2008

Opening: September 4, 2008, 5:30 pm

After the Pompidou Centre in Paris, after contemporary art museums in the world’s great cities (New York, Tokyo, Rome, Geneva, Vienna, Lyon), after the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, it’s the Galerie de l’UQAM’s turn to present Erwin Wurm, one of the most hard-hitting artists of our time. Under the curatorship of Quebec video artist Patrice Duhamel, the exhibition Erwin Wurm. Désespéré/Desparate will run from September 5 to October 11, 2008, bringing together works that cast a fanciful yet critical eye on our willingness to interact with the world around us.

Irreverent, openly paradoxical and gifted with a cutting wit, this Viennese artist questions the validity of our behavior by bashing the sociocultural norms to which we conform. Using deformed and twisted everyday objects (fridges, cars, clothing, and so on), video, drawing, photography, and interactive installations, Wurm’s works occupy the investigative field of contemporary sculpture, which has abandoned traditional media and techniques to question forms and space with greater freedom.

The exhibition will assemble a selection of twenty pieces chosen from Wurm’s imposing body of work.

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