Erwin Wurm at a destruction performance

Erwin Wurm’s special sculptures

Around 1990, Erwin Wurm coined the term “performative sculptures” - a new form of artistic expession. Born in 1954, Wurm’s latest works on this theme deal with outstanding examples of architecture and everyday objects. As a basis, Wurm uses clay models and blocks that are usually modeled either by him or by people he has instructed. Tension is created in the dialogue between the original form and the traces left by the performative procedures. - The exhibition “Erwin Wurm. Performative Skulpturen” (Erwin Wurm. Performative Sculptures) consists of around 40 of these sculptures, some of which were created especially for this exhibition. Alongside the clay works there are also bronze, aluminium, iron or polyester castings.

Wurm, whose works will be on display next to those of Brigitte Kowanz at the Austrian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale this year, has been exploring the expressive possibilities offered by sculpture for more than 30 years now. His varied, profound, and simultaneously ironic work covers almost all genres, expanding the concept of sculpture with interactive, social, and temporal aspects.

Erwin Wurm. Performative Skulpturen

June 2 - Sept. 10, 2017

21er Haus

Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1,50€ off
  • Opening times

    • We, 11:00 - 21:00
    • Th - Su, 11:00 - 18:00
    • Public Holidays (including Monday and Tuesday) 11 am-6 pm
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   140  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 1 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 100 cm wide and 250 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • 2 Wheelchair spaces available (spaces in the Blickle cinema by the entrance on the right)
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours on the architecture of 21er Haus and the sculptures of Fritz Wotrub for blind and visually impaired people.

    • Comments

      Sitzmöglichkeiten in den Ausstellungen, im Foyer und in der Garderobe.

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"Fat House"

6 May - 10 September 2017

As a taster of the exhibition in the 21er Haus, one of the famous fat houses of Erwin Wurm ("Fat House", 2003) was erected at the beginning of May on the south side of the Upper Belvedere; it has belonged to the Belvedere's collection since 2016. Inside the corpulent house, a video is projected in which the same swollen and self-reasoning building asks arriving visitors questions such as: "When is a house art and who decides that?"
The accessible sculpture can be visited daily from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm from 6 May to 10 September 2017. Admission is free.

 

Upper Belvedere (Belvedere - Oberes Belvedere)

Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   102  cm  wide )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        Parking space for visitors with disabilities in front of the entrance at Prinz-Eugen-Strasse 27, Parking: 10 am – 6 pm
    • Elevator available
      • 160 cm wide and 300 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts (3 Euro each). "Seeing differently" tours (tactile tours) in the Upper Belvedere: The tours with picture descriptions and tactile support are particularly suitable for blind and visually impaired visitors.
      Multimedia guides with videos in Austrian Sign Language (OGS) are available to deaf and hearing impaired visitors. Over 30 videos provide information on selected works of the collection in the Upper Belvedere and on the palace and garden complex as well as the history of the Belvedere.

    • Comments

      2 elevators reachable via a ramp (staff will provide assistance), wheelchairs available at the cloakroom.
      Shop/café: a few steps (staff will provide assistance). 

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