Wim Delvoye

Born 1965
Hometown Wervik, Belgium
Lives and Works Gand, Belgium

Wim Delvoye Gallery Art

Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

Sperone Westwater, New York, New York

Volte Gallery, Mumbai, India

Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Guggenheim Museum, New York

SMAK, Ghent, Belgium

Musée d’Art Moderne, Strasbourg, France

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Musée d’Art Moderne (Mudam), Luxembourg

Fondation Cartier, Paris, France

Kimpo Sculpture Park, Kimpo, South Korea

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

Museum of Old and MONA, Tasmania, Australia

Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France

Musée des Beaux Arts, Montréal, Canada

Wim Delvoye is a mixed media artist known for his jarring consideration of the body, intricate craftsmanship, and works that fuse humor with the grotesque. He has tattooed pigs and sanctioned them to an Art Farm, generated stained glass windows out of x-rayed sexual acts, and fashioned construction vehicles out of Gothic iron metalwork, among other things. He has carved complex patterns into rubber tires and, in perhaps his most famous installation entitled Cloaca, replicated the mechanics of the human digestive system with six vessels that churned out feces from food the artist dropped into the system. By creating unlikely juxtapositions, he exposes the intricacies of systems that his audience no doubt experiences but might avoid to project “good taste.” The artist provokes contemplation in arenas the spectator might not regularly contemplate, and embraces social discomfort to remind the viewer that even the seemingly repulsive contains unique beauty.


Delvoye has exhibited at institutions including Madam, Luxembourg, Macro, Rome, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Jing’An Sculpture Park, Shanghai, San Francisco Art Institute, California, Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Louvre Museum, Paris, Musée Rodin, Paris, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Bass Museum of Art, Miami, among many others. He participated in dOCUMENTA IX in 1992, the Busan Biennal in 2002, Biennial of Shanghai in 2006, the 3rd Moscow Biennial in 2009, and the Kochi Biennale in 2015. He has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1990, 1999, 2003, and 2009

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