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Erwin Wurm’s “One Minute in Taipei” solo exhibition will definitely blow your mind!

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Photo by Eva Würdinger
Erwin Wurm is internationally recognized for his unique way of reinventing sculpture through performance, video, drawing and photography. 

By Dory Chung
 
Austrian artist, Erwin Wurm, has held numerous solo exhibitions. He represented Austria at the Venice Biennale in 2017. His works have been acquired by numerous art museums, including the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Kunsthalle Bremen, the Kunsthaus Zürich, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in New York.
 
“One Minute in Taipei” is Wurm’s first comprehensive exhibition in a Taiwanese institution. When Wurm took part in the Taipei Biennial, “The Sky is the Limit”, in 2000, Jérôme Sans was the curator. After 20 years, the two of them are working together again. The artist brings some new creations and his old series about Taipei with some additions. It is a special, fun exclusive for Taipei.

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One of Wurm’s work, “Climbing Taipei 101”, lets visitors to get involved.

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Erwin Wurm, Indoor Sculptures Vienna (partial), 2020, Digital print.

Wurm’s exhibition, “One Minute Sculptures” is well known around the world. The audience is invited to pose or interact with the exhibits. It creates the situations of contradiction, humor, and sarcasm. He has been exploring ordinary decisions and existential issues, focusing on objects that help us cope with everyday life and through which we define ourselves. His work is constantly reinventing and demystifying the classical notion of sculpture, turned into a short living and interactive experience to be shared collectively.
 
Wurm was inspired by Taipei 101 and created “Climbing Taipei 101”. People normally see Taipei 101 in the distance, but now the audience can touch and even climb it. It is fun to feel the building’s scale while climbing it. 

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Erwin Wurm, Performative Sculptures, 2020, Clay, Performance. The background is
the streets in Taipei.


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The audience can take a part in “Head TV”.

In “Word Sculptures”, a word becomes a liquid sculpture ephemerally invading space during the time of diction. All these works are symptomatic of an era of sociality in our contemporary world.
 
“One Minute in Taipei” is an intermingling of the past and the present, of individual and collective experiences, a large reactivation of iconic interactive sculptures, converging towards a unique aim: redefining, extending and twisting sculpture into a resolutely participative and playful medium, capable of questioning our way of looking at the world.