Erwin Wurm: One Minute Sculptures 1997-2017
The iconic One Minute Sculptures of Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (born 1954) invite visitors to realize temporary sculptures by following the artist’s instructions and using objects at hand–levitating, holding your breath and thinking of Spinoza, throwing yourself away, or being a terrorist–for one minute. For a brief moment, long enough to lift the banality, the absurdity of this encounter between individual and object is raised to a philosophical level. Wurm’s constellations are social sculptures whose astonishing simplicity and stringency make them both alluring and unsettling.
This is the first publication to list all of the One Minute Sculptures that Wurm has realized around the world over a period of more than 20 years. It also features his latest work, created for the Austrian Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.