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About Erwin Wurm - Fat House

Everything is a sculpture

“Fat House” is an outstanding sculpture by Erwin Wurm, one of the most successfulcontemporary sculptors, to whom a stamp in the “Contemporary art in Austria” series isbeing dedicated.

Erwin Wurm was born in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, in 1954; today he lives and works in Vienna. Among others, he studied at both the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was also a professor of sculpture/plastics and multimediauntil 2010. Wurm’s works include sculpture, video art and photography. Nowadays they canbe seen in famous museums and exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Tate Modern in London.

Erwin Wurm added interactive, social and time-based aspects to our understanding ofsculpture, developing the concept of “performative sculptures” at the start of the 1990s.Through the process of creation and distortion, consumer goods and everyday items such as clothing, cars, houses and even food are transformed into works of art. The performative procedure leaves behind traces, which transform the original object into the medium of the artistic process. Behind what at first glance appear to be humorous results, lurks a profound social criticism.

“I think I’m a piece of art”

“Gaining and losing weight is working on volumes. So gaining and losing weight is also sculptural art,” says the artist. Volume, space, weight, expansion are all defining conceptsof his art. Alongside the Fat Cars and the Melting Houses, in 2003 he created the Fat House. With its flabby, swollen dimensions, the house appears completely out of whack. On entering, you are welcomed by a video installation in which you see an external view of the house whilst it informs you: “I think I am a piece of art”.

The Fat House is on long-term loan from Vienna's Belvedere Museum and is on display inAustria’s Sculpture Park in the Universalmuseum Joanneum in the Styrian town ofPremstätten, south of Graz. Two additional copies can be seen in the Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan and the West Collection, Philadelphia, USA.