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Pastel porcelain sculptures on white pedestals in historical premises
MAK-Ausstellungsansicht, 2021 ERWIN WURM. Dissolution MAK-Expositur Geymüllerschlössel © Aslan Kudrnofsky/MAK
Pastel porcelain sculptures on white pedestals in historical premises

Erwin Wurm

Gestural ceramic sculptures are the focus of the MAK exhibition, presenting Erwin Wurm’s sculptural series Dissolution (2018–2020) in a museum context for the first time. Performative gestures determine these anthropomorphic sculptures, whose forms oscillate between the ephemeral and the physical. The sculptures affirm the inherent plasticity of clay as material, recalling the potency of bozzetti, preliminary sketch-like models in which artists from the Renaissance onwards gave direct expression to their innermost creative ideas. With Dissolution, Wurm sets out in search of a creative process that cannot be completely controlled. The word “dissolution” has connotations of disintegration, decay, decomposition, and vanishing boundaries. The sculptures—with their protruding fingers, hands, lips, mouths, breasts, bellies, navels, noses, and ears—force their way out of a mass of clay.

The sculptural body segments invade the Geymüllerschlössel’s interior, creating tableaux vivants—dramaturgical arrangements located between movement and stasis, history and the present—in individual rooms and salons: the entrance hall, the library, the music room, the cupola room, the bedroom, the oriental room, and before a wallpaper panorama reflecting the weltanschauung of European colonialism.
In the villa’s garden, Erwin Wurm’s sculptures of Carrara marble function as divans. Their flexible form contradicts the massive material of which they are made, connecting to the artist’s role in critically illuminating our world.

Venue

Geymüller Manor House

Pötzleinsdorfer Straße 102
1180 Wien

Current Dates

  • Sat. 02 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 03 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 09 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 10 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 16 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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  • Sat. 23 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 30 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 31 Oct 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

November

  • Sat. 06 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 07 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 13 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 14 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 20 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 21 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sat. 27 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 28 Nov 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

December

  • Sat. 04 Dec 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 05 Dec 2021, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.