More than twenty new artworks. He explores art history, Gothic cathedrals and sculptures of the 19th century, from Bosch and Brueghel to Warhol, simultaneously revealing the beauty of daily objects.
Galerie Perrotin, Paris presents from September 6 to October 31, 2014, a solo show by
Wim Delvoye, gathering more than twenty new artworks.
Wim Delvoye has developed an art that offers a reinterpretation of artworks of the past while laying down a lucid and amused glance at contemporary society. He explores art history, Gothic cathedrals and sculptures of the 19th century, from Bosch and Brueghel to Warhol, simultaneously revealing the beauty of daily objects. With a Baroque gesture between homage and irreverence, he appropriates and deforms the motifs that inspire him, recreating a genuine cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkammer.
This exhibition introduces the use of marble, notably in the monumental sculpture “Suppo (Karmanyaka)” (a fictive kingdom ruled by a tyrant); from the roots of a tree emerges a great medieval-style tower spinning up heavenwards, infinite like Brancusi’s Endless Column.
In a back-and-forth shift between the sacred and the profane, Delvoye metamorphoses tyres into architectural features from religious buildings. Some monumental works are made into a kind of rubber lace, while other pieces are doubly twisted, turning them into Gordian-like knots.
Aluminium suitcases chiseled with the artist’s coat of arms and Persian miniature patterns recall nomadic low reliefs of a globalised world.
Further along can also be found works flirting with blasphemy, multiple figures of Christ on the cross like a three-dimensional sinusoidal frieze “Double Helix Alternating Current 13cm x 15L”, like a decorative and plant ornament; or a self-portrait of the artist as an Orthodox Russian icon with its distinctive protective cover (oklad), here in hand embossed zinc.
Born in 1965, the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye works in varied mediums and is perhaps best known for his “Cloaca” series which, with a seriousness reminiscent of scientists’ laboratory experiments, sheds light on the digestive process. In 2009, Delvoye was invited to create a monumental work for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection during the 53rd Venice Biennale and solo shows were held in 2010 at the Musée Rodin in Paris and in 2011 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. With each of these exhibitions, he has erected an ever taller tower, a series that reaches its pinnacle to date in 2012 with the spectacular “Suppo” a full 11 meters high under the pyramid, on the occasion of his solo show “At the Louvre”, in the Department of Decorative Arts of the Collection of the Museum.
Wim Delvoye presents the solo exhibition “Mimicry” at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia until September 7, 2014. On the occasion of the “Yokohama Triennale 2014 - ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion”, the monumental sculture “Flatbed Trailer” by Wim Delvoye is presented in front of the Yokohama Museum of Art until November 3, 2014.
Wim Delvoye was born in 1965, Wervik, Belgium. He lives and works in Ghent, Belgium.
Image: “Dunlop Geomax 100/90-19 57M 360° 3x”, 2013. Acier inoxydable poli et patiné / Polished and patinated stainless steel 34 x 87 x 87 cm / 13 1/2 x 34 1/4 x 34 1/4 inches ©Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgique Courtesy Galerie Perrotin
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Opening reception: Saturday, September 6, 4-9pm
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