Wim Delvoye - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Switzerland

  • Literature

    Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Wim Delvoye: Cloaca, Ghent, 2000, n.p. (illustrated); K. Beirnaert and W. Delvoye, Wim Delvoye: New Cloaca & Improved, New York, 2001, p.63 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wim Delvoye’s body of work revolves around transforming utilitarian objects and using materials and processes mostly found in the field of applied arts. These include hand-painting tiles, stained glass and woodcarving – all of which are art forms that are becoming increasingly rare.

    Executed in 1990, Mosaic 90-144-CLA is a primary example of Delvoye’s painted and glazed tiles. Forcing the viewer into phenomenological exchange with the artwork is predominant in Delvoye's execution. In these tiled "floor-plates", Delvoye decorates and transforms them through motifs, making them a platform of messages, from which he expresses his artistic practice. They are a nexus, in which different elements of Delvoye’s iconography are exposed – they are interwoven into patterns embodying the methodological idea of semiotics and analytical theory – in which the spectator is left to make sense of the "tattooed" tiles.


Mosaic (90-144-CLA)

Printed and glazed ceramic tiles.
94 1/2 x 94 1/2 in. (240 x 240 cm).
This work is unique and registered under archive number 3569.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £45,600

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm