Wim Delvoye

EXHIBITION IN THE ERNST MUSEUMan event of the LOW Dutch-Flemish Cultural Festival, Budapest 2008 www.lowfesztival.hu

Initiated by Barnabás Bencsik
Curator: Kati Simon

The exhibition was made possible with the precious help of the Studio Wim Delvoye in Ghent (info@cloaca.be).

Special sponsor of the exhibition, caterer of Cloaca is: Két Szerecsen Cafe and Bistro in Budapest (www.ketszerecsen.com). You can love it or hate it: Wim Delvoye, enfant terrible of the contemporary scene, makes art that cannot go unnoticed. These provocative works, which make emphatic use of antagonisms, flout conventions and dogmas. His raw honesty and grotesque humour will make you both laugh and wonder.

It is impossible not to notice a kinship with earlier Belgian art. His works resonate with Ensor’s scatological/obscene humour, Magritte’s austere absurdism, Broodthaers’ interest in the unspoken rules of the world of art. Delvoye’s art celebrates paradox, which is based on the Belgian surrealist tradition, the conjoining of two different elements/ideas in the same work. The gas cylinders painted in the style of Delft porcelain; the teak wood concrete mixer with baroque ornamentation; painted glass windows with sex scenes; excavators in the style of gothic cathedrals: they all reference, in their peculiar manner, the history of art.

His creative methods extend from simple drawing to real tattoo, from stuffed animals to bronze casts, from installation to live pigs, from lipstick marks to X-ray photos. If his works are often heavy, massive, they are always vibrant with playful ideas and an ironic overtone. Beside the pigs tattooed with elaborately detailed Harley-Davidson and Walt Disney motifs, his probably best-known work is Cloaca (2000-2007), which he has prepared in eight versions. The large installation is a complex device that models human digestion. It has a mouth, a stomach, a duodenum and a pancreas, containers with enzymes, and a belt conveyor, which produces, when regularly fed, the end result, i.e. excrement.

Born in 1965, Wim Delvoye lives and works in Gent. He earned international recognition with such high-profile exhibitions as the Venice Biennale in 1990 and 1999, and the Documenta 9 in 1992.

Presented in Ernst Museum, the exhibition, which is a special event of the LOW Dutch-Flemish Cultural Festival, Budapest 2008, offers an overview of the Flemish artist’s work to date.

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