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Stella Rollig in conversation with Erwin Wurm

Sunday, 11 March 2012

His sense of humour, informal manner and potential for aesthetic innovation have made Erwin Wurm a shooting star in the international art world. Born in Styria in 1954, Wurm, one of Austria's most sought-after artists, lives and works today in Vienna and in the Waldviertel. In 2006 he upended a detached house on to Vienna's Mumok - the exhibition was a smash hit. More recently he caused amazement among tourists in Venice during the Biennale 2011 with his Narrow House on the Canal Grande, and the Bass Museum in Miami staged a widely acclaimed solo show during the Art Basel Miami Beach.

Erwin Wurm's success is at least partly due to the unique skill with which he distils pertinent commentaries on contemporary lifeworlds from the legacy left by Dada and conceptual art. Combining the world view of an artist with uncanny psychological insight, he targets our ill-founded notions of individuality and, apparently without even trying to do so, has expanded and reformulated in an exemplary manner our ideas of what can be subsumed under the concept of work in contemporary art.

Erwin Wurm's Renault 25/1991 is on display at the exhibition CAR CULTURE (2 March to 4 July 2012).

sundays at 11

The LENTOS features sundays at 11, a series of talks, for which the LENTOS invites well-known figures from the world of art and culture. With LENTOS’s artistic director, Hemma Schmutz, in the chair, they discuss their activities and experiences in and with the world of art. Not only do audiences get a chance to follow the discussion at close quarters, they are also invited to join in; in fact, contributions from the floor have become an indispensable part of the format. Before the Sunday morning talk an expanded Viennese breakfast is served as an additional feature (which you are of course free to skip if you want to).

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An expanded Viennes breakfast is served from 10 a.m.; the beginning of the conversation is scheduled for 11 p.m.
Please register by Thursday before the talk under T +43 732 7070 3601 or

Lecture and breakfast € 14,-
Lecture only € 4,-

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