Erwin Wurm’s latest masterpiece goes to Robinsons Malls
When it comes to interactive art pieces and going beyond the traditional works of art, there’s nothing more out-of-the-box than the sculptures by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm. And his latest piece, dubbed as the “Austrian Mountain Cap,” will be on display at Robinsons Galleria Ortigas in Quezon City from January 23 to July 12.
Anyone can check out the massive work of art for free.
Wurm was born in Styria, Austria in 1954, and currently shuffles between Vienna and Limberg in the same country. He is popular for his series called “One Minute Sculptures,” which was first exhibited in 1988 and has traveled to different parts of the world, including the 57th Venice Biennale in Italy in 2017. This collection uses everyday objects, such as chairs, buckets, fruits, basins, and a pair of sneakers.
Unlike in usual exhibitions in a four-walled gallery or huge museum that you cannot touch, Wurm encourages viewers to interact with the objects by providing drawn and written instructions on what one should do with a particular item for 60 seconds. Every bit is Instagram-worthy; and just for fun, part of the instructions for this series is to recite a poem while posing for a whole minute.
The large mountain cap to be displayed at Robinsons Galleria Ortigas prompts audience participation. You are invited to “wear” the oversized bonnet by going under the piece made from polyester resin and cloth. And, of course, what comes next is to ask someone to take your photo or go for a selfie yourself.
The highly interactive exhibition is part of Wurm’s performative sculpture series of giant hats that started in 2010. For the artist, hats symbolize protection and the mountain cap that he created shows on how mountaineers are guarded from natural elements. It’s especially useful in snow-covered terrain, where you need a knitted and thick cloth to warm your head.
This art installation is part of Robinsons Malls Art Series and its efforts to bring out connections between mall-goers by making wonderful art pieces accessible to everyone.