Erwin Wurm, Selbstporträt als Essiggurkerl, 2008
Acryl, Acryllack, lackierte Holzpodeste, 36-teilige Installation, © VBK, Wien, 2010
Erwin Wurm, Selbstporträt als Essiggurkerl, 2008
Acryl, Acryllack, lackierte Holzpodeste, 36-teilige Installation, © VBK, Wien, 2010

Self-Portrait as Pickles

Erwin Wurm

We are glad to announce that another sculptural installation by Erwin Wurm will be on display at the MdM MÖNCHSBERG this summer, following the
presentation of the artist‘s installation “Adorno was wrong with his idea about art” in 2006. Erwin Wurm, an internationally successful Austrian artist, uses the human body as recurring motif and point of reference for his works. He creates figural sculptures with bulgelike swellings, round bellies or torsos, which have been transformed into thought bubbles and “wardrobes”.
Wurm always succeeds in modifying the established concept of sculpture and integrating everyday objects into his installations.

The MdM MÖNCHSBERG is the first museum in Europe to present “Self-Portrait as Pickles“, which was created in 2008, in its full size. As suggested by the title, the installation shows a “self portrait of the artist“ with 37 pickles and cucumbers made from cast acrylic and naturalistically painted. Each cucumber or pickle is unique and presented atop a pedestal. As a result
they are no longer just simple objects, but elevated to the status of works of art. The individuality of every single cucumber, their different forms and sizes, colours and surfaces become evident. The favourite Austrian
snack - a bread roll filled with Leberkäse and pickle – is an indispensible part of many people’s diet. The fact that Erwin Wurm has chosen this small, common and slightly obscene-looking, pickled fruit to portray himself, testifies to the artist‘s sense of humour, self-ridicule and his cynical
approach to sculpture. If Erwin Wurm is a pickle, what are all the other Austrians? Wurm interacts with the viewer in a humorous and ironical way.


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