Indianapolis Museum of Art visitors become art in interactive sculptures by Erwin Wurm

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Indianapolis Museum of Art visitors become art in interactive sculptures by Erwin Wurm
Erwin Wurm, One Minute Sculpture, Estimating the Mass of Wood, 1996/2015. Installation view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Courtesy Erwin Wurm, Vienna, and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

INDIANAPOLIS, IND.- Museum visitors will become the subjects of irreverent, participatory sculptures at the Indianapolis Museum of Art with the exhibition, Erwin Wurm: Euclidean Exercises.

Beginning Jan. 16, internationally recognized Austrian artist Erwin Wurm presents his popular One Minute Sculptures in the Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion and other locations throughout the IMA. Through his iconic One Minute Sculptures, Wurm invites the viewer to complete his works of art, challenging the static form of traditional sculpture. On empty platforms Wurm provides instructional drawings and everyday items such as cleaning bottles and shoes so the visitor can bring the artwork to life. Participants are encouraged to step onto the platform and hold the humorous, often absurd pose for 60 seconds, creating fleeting sculptures that can be captured only by camera and one’s memory. Visitors will also be invited to share photos of their realized One Minute Sculptures on social media using the hashtag #IMAWurm.

In other locations throughout the IMA, such as the Clowes Pavilion and various galleries, visitors will encounter other works by Wurm including static sculptures, photographs and video. By experiencing Wurm’s contemporary works in selected historical galleries, guests are reminded that all art was once contemporary.

Also displayed is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2003 music video for “Can’t Stop.” The video, a collaboration between director Mark Romanek, the band and Wurm, features the musicians enacting Wurm‘s One Minute Sculptures.

“I am so thrilled to present the great variety of Wurm’s broad artistic practice at the IMA, not only in our Efroymson Family Entrance Pavilion and contemporary galleries, but also in a few of our historical European galleries,” said Tricia Y. Paik, the IMA’s curator of contemporary art. “Creating a dialogue across the centuries, between the past and the present, is the kind of meaningful connection that an encyclopedic museum such as ours can foster for our audiences. Presenting Wurm’s intelligent and highly original work offers the perfect opportunity to make these correspondences.”

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