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Wim Delvoye

Wim Delvoye (1965) is a fervant empiricist. His work is of a hybrid nature, a good example being Cloaca, the famous mechanical digestive apparatus that produces “artists’ shit”. He takes a shrewd pleasure in abolishing distinctions between beauty and ugliness and purity and impurity by mixing craftsmanship, technology, the scatological and the sacred.

Delvoye has created the metallic, gothic-inspired chapel with stained glass windows containing subversive imagery specially for Mudam. The artist makes reference to his own work in black, grey and coloured glass. Obscene gestures, kisses, human intestines and skeletons from Cloaca are x-rayed, thus gaining the status of pagan stained glass windows. His x-rayed pieces of meat unveil their atheist message thanks to the light that stained glass once rendered divine. The skulls, the bones and their by-products are grimacing, cynical modern Vanities.


  1. Wim Delvoye Chapelle, 2006

    Vitraux et chapelle métallique
    480 x 1080 x 705 cm
    Commande et Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2006
    © Photo : Rémi Villaggi

  1. Wim Delvoye Untitled (Truck Tyres), 2013 & 2017

    Ensemble de 4 pneus de camion sculptés à la main
    148 x 148 x 60 cm chacun
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2016
    © Photo : Studio Wim Delvoye, Belgique

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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