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Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale Ocula Conversation Sandrine Colard on the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the largest Francophone nation in Africa with vast resources and nearly 80 million inhabitants, is a place where commodities play a vital role in the national economy and the country's significance on the world stage. This is the context from which the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale (24 October–24 November...

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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline Ocula Report
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52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS Symposium Brings Ideas Offline 13 Dec 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

From 20 to 21 July 2019, Artspace Sydney held a two-day symposium that brought artists in conversation with leading curators, writers, activists, academics, diplomats, and journalists from across Asia. The symposium was the final chapter of the 52 ARTISTS 52 ACTIONS exhibition, publication, website, and Instagram project. Instigated and...

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We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator Ocula News We Are Our Infrastructure, Argues Newly Announced Shanghai Biennale Chief Curator 13 December 2019

The Power Station of Art will make a fitting location for Andrés Jaque, whose past projects expose the politics concealed by buried pipes and managed cables. Spanish architect, writer, and curator Andrés Jaque has been named the chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale, which will take place at the Power Station of Art (PSA) from 13 November...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy. Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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b. 1965, Belgium

Wim Delvoye Biography

Moving between the sacred and the profane, inflections of gothic drama and high technology imbue artist Wim Delvoye’s drawings, sculptures, and installations. He frequently swings from fine art to the decorative, applying Belgian ornamental elements such as coats of arms or porcelain patterns to objects such as shovels, ironing boards, or—in Gas Cannisters (1988)—a collection of white cannisters embellished with blue and white pictorial scenes, reminiscent of Delftware.

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Over the years, the decorative has swung to the downright outrageous, with Delvoye realising baffling concepts on a broadening scale. The artist is perhaps most well known for his complex installation Cloaca, a machine that has been reconstructed in multiple iterations since 2000, that is 'fed' food, replicating the human digestive process to create faeces. The mechanical organ has been pampered throughout its museum tours, attended to by local caterers during its run at Casino Luxembourg–Forum d'art Contemporain (30 September 2007–6 January 2008), and fed by Lyonnais chefs during a stint in the French capital of gastronomy in 2003—efforts that contradict its futile production: a visual manifestation that supports the artist's infamous statement that 'all art is useless'.

Other provocative artworks include his Sex-Rays (2002)—a series of x-rays of people performing sexual acts—and tattooed pigs, for which he began with tanned skins and graduated with a full-scale Art Farm of live, decorated pigs outside of Beijing. Established in 2004, the farm ran until 2010 in a country the artist claims as more accepting of his practice. From the Louis Vuitton monogram to skulls, hearts, and crosses, the pigs—who were sedated and lathered in Vaseline before having their hides gilded—were purchased while still alive by collectors who procured the skins once the animals died of old age.

Wim Delvoye continues to exhibit around the world, from China to Iran—where a retrospective of his work at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016 marked the first time since the revolution that work by a non-Iranian artist was shown in the country. Between 9 November 2018 and 9 February 2019, Gary Tatinstian Gallery in Moscow presented embossed, cut, and twisted objects that employ neo-Gothic tracery and Middle Eastern designs, as in the case of the late-1950s' Maserati 450S racing car for which the artist invited Iranian artists to create its intricate patterns. Also on view is the tattooed pig Sylvie (2006), looking out from a glass case on a plinth with beady black eyes; and a set of three bicycle tyres, twisted into the Mobius puzzle, thus rendering them ineffective.

Wim Delvoye lives and works in Brighton.

Biography by Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2019

Wim Delvoye Featured Artworks

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Concrete Mixer (scale model ¼) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeConcrete Mixer (scale model ¼), 2011 Laser-cut stainless steel
78 x 55 x 35 cm
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Etui for a Castor Wheel by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeEtui for a Castor Wheel, 2018 Chrome plated bronze, flocking and castor wheel
9 x 18 cm
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Untitled (Noodle Pot) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeUntitled (Noodle Pot), 2019 Carved onyx
30 x 32 cm
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Untitled (Fortnite) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeUntitled (Fortnite), 2019 Carved marble
39 x 64 cm
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Untitled by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeUntitled, 2017 Embossed aluminium
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Nautilus by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeNautilus, 2013 Laser-cut Corten steel
102 x 95 cm
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Concrete Mixer (Delft) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeConcrete Mixer (Delft), 1993 Carved wood and enamel paint
146 x 168 x 74 cm
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Wim Delvoye Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Summer Gallery Highlights at Perrotin, Hong Kong
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21 July–8 September 2018 Group Exhibition Summer Gallery Highlights Perrotin, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Wim Delvoye, Solo Exhibition at Perrotin, New York
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9 September–28 October 2017 Wim Delvoye Solo Exhibition Perrotin, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Wim Delvoye, Roslyn Oxley9 at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney
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10 February–3 March 2012 Wim Delvoye Roslyn Oxley9 Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney

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Wim Delvoye In Ocula Magazine

Wim Delvoye on his art, censorship and the future Ocula Insight Wim Delvoye on his art, censorship and the future 7 February 2019

At 53, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye continues to employ the shock factor with abandon. Moving between the sacred and the profane, inflections of gothic drama and high technology imbue the artist's drawings, sculptures, and installations. He frequently swings from fine art to the decorative, applying Belgian ornamental elements such as coats of...

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Perrotin Shanghai Opening: Emmanuel Perrotin & Wim Delvoye Ocula Insight Perrotin Shanghai Opening: Emmanuel Perrotin & Wim Delvoye 15 November 2018

Since starting a gallery in his apartment at the age of 21, French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin has become well known for his embracing of pop culture and high art. Perrotin is credited with contributing to the rise of Takashi Murakami's global fame, having been the first to show his work outside of Japan in 1993, and was also an early supporter of...

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Wim Delvoye In Related Press

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Art Basel Week 2017: What to See Related Press Art Basel Week 2017: What to See Whitewall : 16 June 2017

Outside of the fairs this week, don't miss the exhibitions on view at Basel's tops museums and institutions, including Wolfgang Tillmans, Wim Delvoye, Jérôme Zonder, Yan Xing and Richard Serra, amongst others.

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Interview: Wim Delvoye digests the Tinguely Museum Related Press Interview: Wim Delvoye digests the Tinguely Museum The Art Newspaper : 15 June 2017

The Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is showing his inventive, innovative and occasionally controversial works in his first Swiss retrospective at the Museum Tinguely (14 June–1 January 2018). The exhibition, organised in collaboration with the Mudam, Luxembourg's museum of Modern art, highlights how, since the late 1980s, Delvoye has combined the...

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‘The Cloaca are machines, they’re animals, they’re us’ Related Press ‘The Cloaca are machines, they’re animals, they’re us’ Apollo Magazine : 29 May 2017

On the eve of a major retrospective of his work at the Museum Tinguely, Basel, the Belgian artist Wim Delvoye talks to Apollo about merde-making machines, mass production, and the messy future of Europe.

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Preview: Art Brussels Related Press Preview: Art Brussels Elephant : 19 April 2017

'Art Brussels believes in galleries that support their artists throughout their evolution... We are definitely not interested in showing work in a supermarket-like style.' We speak with Anne Vierstraete, Managing Director of Art Brussels, as the fair nears its thirty-fifth edition.

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Wim Delvoye In Video & Audio

Wim Delvoye: This Shit is Art Related Video & Audio Wim Delvoye: This Shit is Art Louisiana Channel : 15 February 2018

Wim Delvoye was interviewed by Rasmus Quistgaard at Herning Museum of Contemporary Art in Herning, Denmark in April 2017.

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