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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.

Tessa Moldan | Ocula | 2019

Bernard Frize, Imi (2013) (detail). Acrylic and resin on canvas. 170 x 170 cm. ©Bernard Frize / ADAGP, Paris & SACK, 2020. Courtesy the Artist and Perrotin.

Wim Delvoye Featured Artworks

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Maserati by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeMaserati, 2012Embossed aluminium
80 x 450 cm
Perrotin Enquire about this work
Lick Pig by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeLick Pig, 2000C-print
100 x 125 cm
Perrotin Enquire about this work
Twisted Dumptruck (CCW) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeTwisted Dumptruck (CCW), 2013Laser-cut stainless steel
95 x 185 x 87 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Door Knocker / Heurtoir by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeDoor Knocker / Heurtoir, 2006Bronze
33 x 17 x 7 cm
rodolphe janssen Enquire about this work
Concrete Mixer (scale model ¼) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeConcrete Mixer (scale model ¼), 2011Laser-cut stainless steel
78 x 55 x 35 cm
rodolphe janssen Enquire about this work
Flatbed Trailer by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeFlatbed Trailer, 2014Laser-cut stainless steel
50 x 308 x 48 cm
Gary Tatintsian Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Tattoo drawing #6) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeUntitled (Tattoo drawing #6), 2007Pencil and coloured pencil on paper
36 x 27 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Enquire about this work
Untitled (Tattoo drawing #5) by Wim Delvoye contemporary artwork
Wim DelvoyeUntitled (Tattoo drawing #5), 2007Pencil and coloured pencil on paper
36 x 27 cm
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery Enquire about this work

Wim Delvoye Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Wonderland at Perrotin, Shanghai
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30 April–30 June 2020 Group Exhibition Wonderland Perrotin, Shanghai
Contemporary art exhibition, Wim Delvoye, Wim Delvoye at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
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9 November 2018–9 February 2019 Wim Delvoye Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow
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

Wim Delvoye Represented By

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 By Sergey Guskov

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 By Zhuang Lingzhi

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 16 June 2017, Whitewall

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 15 June 2017, The Art Newspaper

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’ 29 May 2017, Apollo Magazine

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 19 April 2017, Elephant

'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 15 February 2018, Louisiana Channel

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

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