January 25, 2016 - MAK Center for Art and Architecture - Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures
January 25, 2016

MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Erwin Wurm, One Minute Sculpture, 1997. C-print, 45 x 30 cm. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. © Erwin Wurm.

Erwin Wurm
One Minute Sculptures
January 28–March 27, 2016

Opening: January 27, 7–9pm

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +1 323 651 1510
office@makcenter.org

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Erwin Wurm
One Minute Sculptures
January 28–March 27, 2016

Opening: January 27, 7–9pm

MAK Center for Art and Architecture
at the Schindler House
835 North Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
United States
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

T +1 323 651 1510
office@makcenter.org

makcenter.org
Facebook / Twitter

Austrian artist Erwin Wurm's One Minute Sculptures have influenced a generation of sculptors, though this body of work has never been shown at a major institution in Los Angeles. These inclusive and interactive works act simultaneously as off-the-cuff quips and radical reconsiderations of the major questions key to both sculpture and art viewing: how figures relate to their ground, how one inhabits space, and how simple acts of re-framing can alter perceptions.

For his exhibition at the Schindler House, Wurm will source props ranging from banal to blatantly comedic, and then produce a set of instructions for visitors to perform the various sculptures for sixty seconds at a time, consisting of balancing acts, mild contortions, and altered uses of everyday physical objects.

By soliciting visitors to complete the artworks themselves, Wurm invites them to ask questions about the differences between artwork and art work, the activity of art alongside the display object. Generally first encountered as a written description of a suggestive drawing, the sculpture instructions at the Schindler House will leave the completion of the idea up to the willingness of visitors. The transitory and ephemeral nature of the project cannot be overstated—at core the works are an exercise in the effects of context and perception—and visitors are activated as artists themselves to point out how those exercises resonate within the Schindler House.

About the artist
Erwin Wurm's practice has been celebrated and exhibited internationally. His work has most recently been shown in solo shows at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main; Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany; Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York; Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney; Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen; Dom Umenia / Kunsthalle Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovakia; Halle Verrière, Meisenthal, Lorraine, France; Büro Weltausstellung, Vienna; and Greith-Haus, St. Ulrich im Greith, Austria. He has work in permanent collections around the world, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon; Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; mumok–museum moderner kunst stiftung Ludwig wein; MAK–Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna; and Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga, Spain. 

Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures is graciously supported by the Pasadena Art Alliance, and, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

About the MAK Center
Unique in its role as a constellation of historic architectural sites and contemporary exhibition spaces, the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House develops local, national, and international projects in art, architecture, and their intersections and tangents. It seeks out and supports projects that take risks and test disciplinary boundaries. The MAK Center acts as a cultural laboratory, encouraging the development of ideas in art and architecture by engaging the center’s places, spaces, and histories. Its programming includes exhibitions, lectures, symposia, discussions, performances, music series, publication projects, salons, architecture tours, and new work commissions. It collaborates frequently with guest curators, artists and architects.

For more information, visit makcenter.org.

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