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  • Erin Wurm, Kraniophage Fruchtblase (Carnivorous Amniotic Sac), 2004, color photograph, 62 5/8 x 49 13/16". From the series “Philosophy—Digestion,” 2004.

    Erin Wurm, Kraniophage Fruchtblase (Carnivorous Amniotic Sac), 2004, color photograph, 62 5/8 x 49 13/16". From the series “Philosophy—Digestion,” 2004.

    Erwin Wurm

    Deichtorhallen Hamburg
    Deichtorstrasse 1 + 2
    April 1–August 31, 2007

    mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
    Museumsplatz 1
    October 20, 2006–February 11, 2007

    Curated by Edelbert Köb

    An object-become-human and a human-become-object both produce humor, suggests philosopher Simon Critchley. Proof abounds in the work of master absurdist Erwin Wurm: Witness his cartoonishly bloated life-size Fat House, 2003, or his One Minute Sculptures, 1997– (photos documenting people upended in trash cans or propping up household items, among other indignities). Critchley also notes that a person acting like a person is ridiculous. Melancholic, too. Wurm’s Instructions for Idleness, 2001—WATCH TV ALL DAY LONG AND DON’T CARE ABOUT ANYTHING—sums up depression to a T. Ultimately the joke’s on us, as the Austrian artist’s midcareer retrospective, comprising some three hundred photographs, videos, sculptures, drawings, and performance works, will undoubtedly, irresistibly, establish. Travels to the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Apr. 1-Aug. 31, 2007; and other venues.