Friday 31st October 2014

Wim Delvoye

Wim Delvoye is a Belgian neo-conceptual artist known for his often controversial and shocking projects. One of my favorite series of his works has caused a huge amount of debate and controversy – a series of tattooed pigs. In 2008 these Pigs were banned from being shown at the Shanghai Contemporary and they have been banned at other international art fairs too. The pigs if they are bought by a collector are then slaughtered and their skins preserved or they are left to grow in size and in value in the garden of the collector (or on one of Delvoye’s pig farm), he has been doing this since the early 1990s. I personally think they are fantastic. What do you think?

“I was interested in the idea of the pig as a bank – a piggy bank. I didn’t have the concept formulated yet, but I decided to place some small drawings onto these living organisms and let them grow. From the beginning, there was the idea that the pig would literally grow in value, but I also knew that they were considered pretty worthless. It’s hard to make something as prestigious as art from a pig.” – Wim Delvoye

It is worth noting that Wim Delvoye is a vegetarian…

 

 

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