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On the Austrian Pavilion, friends are invited to hold out a set of playful 60-second duties—like sticking their limbs by the use of furnishings or poking their heads in a pair of stuffed pants—and thereby activate readymade objects into works of sculpture-cum-performance. The exhibition is a mini-retrospective of Erwin Wurm’s iconic “One Minute Sculptures,” which have charmed the art work world by bringing a refreshing dose of humor and levity into galleries since their debut in 1997. Contained within the pavilion’s austere white inside, Wurm presents a retro caravan with holes decrease out of its flooring and its contents—furnishings, garments, and baggage—splayed out on the bottom for friends to activate with their our our bodies.

Though undeniably pleasant, the work moreover addresses a effectively timed worldwide topic: human mobility, from the migration of Homo sapiens out of Africa inside the Stone Age to mass tourism in Europe inside the 1970s. Notably, Wurm explores the profound impression of the automotive on this historic previous. For the artist, the caravan represents every an immobile dwelling and a manner of transportation—“an instrument with which you can take your property with you, and journey to a special nation,” as he describes. Transforming passive viewers into energetic contributors, Wurm hopes that his use of humor, comparatively than obscuring vital engagement, can awaken audiences and set off a cautious examination of collective factors.

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