The amazing Narrow House by world-famous artist Erwin Wurm is the eye catcher of the ExtraOrdinary- Ordinary art manifestation of contemporary art organized by the exhibition center 38CC in Delft, The Netherlands. This event of today’s art of the daily life of ordinary people , runs parallel to the oeuvre of the world-famous 17th century Delftse painter Pieter de Hooch in the museum Prinsenhof.
Narrow House is on display at a very unique location, the Old Church in Delft. The absurdist Narrow House creates a fascinating contrast between the Gothic church interior with it stained glass windows and the distorted bourgeois house. The house is, besides of course the width, an exact replica of his parental house. It’s 16 meters (52 feet) long, 7 meters ( 22 feet) high however only 1, 38 meter ( 4, 52 feet) wide.
About the Artist :
Erwin Wurm is born on 27 July 1954 (age 65) in Bruck an der Mur, Styria, Austria.
In ‘The Artist Who Swallowed the World’, Wurm is quoted as saying: “I am interested in the everyday life. All the materials that surrounded me could be useful, as well as the objects, topics involved in contemporary society. My work speaks about the whole entity of a human being: the physical, the spiritual, the psychological and the political.”
Erwin Wurm’s works are in collections worldwide, such as for instance the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Walker Art Center, Museum Ludwig, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen [de], Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, Museum of Old and New Art, and the Centre Pompidou.
( text source Wikipedia)
About Narrow House :
With Narrow House , Wurm wanted to express tangible the distress and narrow-mindedness of his own upbringing and the time in which he grew up in up: post-World War II Austria. This limited view has affected Wurm’s philosophy of art strongly, and Narrow House is an absurdly tight version of his parental home. From furniture to books, lights, rooms , dishes and bathtub etc.. literally everything in this house is narrow and downsized. When walking through the house , you start to feel the distress he must have felt. Truly an unique experience!
Would you be interested to read more about Exhibition center 38cc , the artist Erwin Wurm or the exhibition about the painter Pieter de Hooch , please click on the following provided links:
Exhibtion date : October 17th 2019 until February 16th 2020
With thank to exhibition center 38CC for allowing me to write a post about the Narrow House.
Narrow House artwork copyright © Erwin Wurm, 2010
Photographs © Francina Hartstra
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