Erwin Wurm - New Now London Thursday, July 13, 2023 | Phillips
  • “At some point I came to realise that everything surrounding me can be material for an artistic work, absolutely everything.”
    —Erwin Wurm

    One of Austria’s most prominent contemporary artists, Erwin Wurm is internationally recognized for his unorthodox approach to art making. His sculptural objects are often inspired by banal everyday objects; however, skilfully deformed, distorted, and blown out of proportion they obtain an entirely new dimension.


    From the 10th of June the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is hosting Trap of the Truth, a major retrospective of the artist’s work. The exhibition features over 100 works by Wurm, including 74 sculptures both indoors and outdoors, as well as paintings, photographs, and drawings created over 30 years of the artist’s career. The present work, Hypnosis – an aluminium sculpture that Wurm has returned to several times since 2007 and produced in varying scales – can also be seen set against the beautiful landscape of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

    • Provenance

      Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg
      Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2008

    • Exhibited

      Salzburg, Thaddaeus Ropac, Erwin Wurm: Hypnosis, 26 January - 8 March 2008 (other examples exhibited)
      West Bretton, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Erwin Wurm: Trap of the Truth, 10 June 2023 – 28 April 2024 (another example exhibited)

    • Literature

      Erwin Wurm, exh. cat., Kunstmuseum Bonn, 2010, pp. 126-127 (other examples illustrated)



incised with the number '8/15' on the underside
73.2 x 83.5 x 39.1 cm (28 7/8 x 32 7/8 x 15 3/8 in.)
Executed in 2008, this work is number 8 from an edition of 15 plus 4 artist's proofs.

Full Cataloguing

£25,000 - 35,000 ‡♠

Sold for £33,020

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London Auction 13 July 2023