France - Paris - Musée Rodin - Wim Delvoye15/04/2010
April 16 - Augustus 22, 2010
As a pendant to the Corps et décors, Rodin et les arts décoratifs exhibition, and as part of its ongoing contemporary art program, the musée Rodin invites Wim Delvoye to show some of his major works inside the hôtel Biron and in the main courtyard of the museum.
Welcoming the visitor in the main courtyard of the hôtel Biron, the monumental sculpture Tour (2009-2010), is an example of the artist's research on architecture in its historic and sacred dimension, as well as the question of decoration within the industrial era. The presence of this both impressive and delicately decorated neo-gothic work which is over ten meters high, takes part of the surrounding visual landscape, and horizon which crosses the dome of the Invalides and the summit of the Eiffel Tower. Made with laser cut Corten steel, this blazing arrow illustrates Wim Delvoye's fascination for the Gothic era, especially its representation of the ideal and of perfectly symmetric architecture. We find this search for perfect shaping in the series of the crucifixions presented in the hôtel Biron: a distorted crucifix takes the outline and the elliptic shape of an organic molecule (DNA).
Image: Wim Delvoye, Tour, 2009-2010, laser cut Corten steel, 1200 x 245 x 700 cm. Courtesy Studio Wim Delvoye and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Miami & Paris