Erwin Wurm

Until 10 February 2019

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Erwin Wurm has long numbered among the global stars of contemporary art. And now, this exceptional Austrian artist’s drawings from recent years—drawings that exhibit great thematic and technical diversity—are the focus of an exhibition at the Albertina Museum. Whether he’s at home or traveling: Erwin Wurm take time to draw nearly every day. He does so on whatever paper happens to be at hand and in various qualities and formats, using pencils, colored pencils, ballpoint pens, or even watercolors. These drawings represent reflections and commentaries on the world and serve to record the artist's ideas, thus encompassing his entire creative cosmos.

Thematically, they are not unlike a diary, with his self-portraits being interspersed above all with images of the people with whom Wurm comes into contact, including artist-friends as well as members of his family. Furthermore, his works on paper also deal with well-known personalities from politics, art history, and cultural history in general. But despite their great thematic and technical diversity, all of Erwin Wurm’s drawings have in common his bitingly humorous view of the world and its human inhabitants, complete with all their inadequacies, as well as his keen sense of situational comedy and precarious moments.

The exhibition is on view from 21 November 2018 till 10 February 2019.

Image Gallery – 10 Images
Erwin Wurm | blue head grey gun, 2017 | © Studio Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm | blue head grey gun, 2017 | © Studio Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm | Vacuum cleaner, 2017 | © Studio Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm | Vacuum cleaner, 2017 | © Studio Erwin Wurm


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Exhibition catalogue | Erwin Wurm

Erwin Wurm. Peace & Plenty

Erwin Wurm draws almost every day, be it when he is at home or on the road. For example, he bridges the morning hours until his family come together to eat breakfast by drawing. He works with easily available paper in various qualities and formats. Peace & Plenty (also the name of the hotel in George Town/Great Exumas where many of the drawings were done) refers both to the situation and to the sheer amount of the drawings.

Erwin Wurm. peace & plenty
Ed. Kunstmuseum Luzern and Albertina Museum Vienna
504 pages
30 x 23 cm / Hardcover
German/English EUR 15,00


Artist Talk | Erwin Wurm (in German)
18 January 2019 | 6.30 pm
Valid ticket necessary | First come, first served

In a talk with curator Antonia Hoerschelmann, the artist Erwin Wurm gives an insight into the variety of topics and working techniques of his drawings.

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