Born in 1965 in Wervik, Belgium
Lives and works between Ghent, Belgium and Brighton, United Kingdom

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Wim Delvoye appropriates and diverts art-historical styles and motifs to sublimate trivial yet unconventional objects, and sometimes even living subjects. His eclectic and subversive practice spans a wide range of media, including drawing, sculpture, and installation; he is perhaps best known for naturalizing tattooed pigs in China, or mechanically replicating the digestive system to produce real feces within exhibition spaces. Constantly oscillating between antagonistic realms, such as the sacred and the profane or the local and the global, he sarcastically confronts the various myths that feed our contemporary society, from religion to science and capitalism, via unexpected hybridizations. Whether twisting Rorschach inkblots into sleek bronze idols or cement trucks into laser-cut-steel neo-Gothic cathedrals, he combines expert craftsmanship with high technology. Delvoye’s ever-shifting, conceptual-adjacent aesthetics further questions the commodification of art by strategically and provocatively eluding any attempt at definitive categorization.

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solo shows

- L'ordre Des Choses, carte blanche à Wim Delvoye, MAH, Geneva, Switzerland

- Wim Delvoye, Het Noordbrabants Museum, s'Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
- Wim Delvoye, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, UAE

- Wim Delvoye, Wilde Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland

- Wim Delvoye, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels 

- Wim Delvoye, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia 
- Wim Delvoye, Galerie Perrotin, Shanghai, China 
- Wim Delvoye, Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea

- Wim Delvoye, Musée Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
- Wim Delvoye, Galerie Perrotin, New York, United States

- Wim Delvoye, DHC/ART, Montréal, Canada
- Wim Delvoye, MUDAM, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Wim Delvoye, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran

- Wim Delvoye, Leila Heller Gallery, Dubai, United Emriates Arab
- Wim Delvoye, Heydar Aliyev Centre, Baku, Azerbaidjan

- Wim Delvoye, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
- Wim Delvoye show, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
- Wim Delvoye: Mimicry, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia

- Lucca, Chiesa di San Cristoforo, Lucca, Italy
- Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, United States
- Galerie Perrotin, Hong Kong, China
- Art Dubaï, United Arab Emirates
- Oeuvres choisies: 1988 – 2011, Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland

- Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France
- Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia
- Wim Delvoye: Au Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

- Robilant + di Voena, London, United Kingdom
- MONA, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
- Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China

- Knocking on Heaven's Door, BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium
- Wim Delvoye, Musée Rodin, Paris, France
- Wim Delvoye: Dessins & Maquettes, MAMAC, Nice, France

- Wim Delvoye: Torre, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
- Cloaca N°5, Galerie de l'UQAM, Montréal, Canada

- Wim Delvoye, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Diehl + Gallery One, Moscow, Russia
- Cloaca N°5, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
- Wim Delvoye, Ernst Museum (Mucsarnok Nkft), Budapest, Hungary
- Sex-Rays, Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland

- Cloaca 2000-2007, Casino - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg , Luxembourg
- Cloaca Quattro, Xin Beiing Gallery, Beijing, China
- Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

- Galerie Perrotin, Miami, United States
- Bronzes, De Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
- Cloaca IV, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaojsiung, Taïwan, China
- Scale Models & Drawings, Alon Segev Gallery, Tel aviv, Israel

- Scale Models & Drawings, Sperone Westwater, New York, United States
- Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, Canada

- Oeuvres sur papier 1968 - 2004, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France
- Cloaca- New & Improved, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

- Fabrica, Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy
- Caterpillars, Public Art Fund Projects (Target Art in the Park), New York, United States
- Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

- Galerie Guy Bärtschi, Geneva, Switzerland
- Gothic Works, Sperone Westwater, New York, United States
- Gothic Works, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, United Kingdom
- Porin Taidemuseo Finland, Finland
- Marble Floors, Sperone Westwater, New York, United States
- Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Cloaca - New and improved , New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, United States
- Sex Rays, Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg; Luxembourg
- Vitraux, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris, France

- Cloaca - new and improved'', Migros Museum, Zürich, Switzerland

- Cloaca, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
- Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
- Cement Truck, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

- 11, Duke Street, London, United Kingdom
- Galleri faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Galeria Laura Pecci, Milano, Italy
- Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
- Frac des Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France
- Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
- Galleria Sperone, Roma, Italy

- Sonnabend Gallery, New York, United States

- Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Open Air Museum Middelheim, Antwerp, Belgium

- Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
- Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
- Gandy Gallery, Prague, The Czech Republic

- Musée Départemental de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, Limoges, France
- Gallery Tanit, München, Germany
- Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund, Sweden
- Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy
- Galleria Sperone, Roma, Italy

- Modulo, Centro diffusor de Arte, Lisbon, Portugal
- Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, United States
- Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

- Galerie Lehmann, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
- Galleria Tucci Russo, Torino, Italy

- Ruth Bloom Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
- Sonnabend Gallery, New York, United States
- Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp, Belgium
- Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

- Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Torino, Italy
- Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- Galerie Lehmann-Faust, Geneva, Switzerland
- Sonnabend Gallery, New York, United States

- Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, United States

group shows

- Lacan Show : quand l'artiste précède le psychanalyste, Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France (forthcoming)
- The Geography of Objects, Cheongju Biennial, Cheongju, South Korea (forthcoming)
- Food, Design Museum Holon, Holon, Israel (forthcoming)
- Metal, Philarmonie de Paris, Paris, France (forthcoming)

- Metamorphosis - Mutation, 6th Digital Art Biennial, Arsenal Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada
- Architectures Impossibles, Musée de Beaux-Arts de Nancy, France
- Flags, Boghossian Foundation - Villa Empain, Bruxelles, Belgium
- NADIR, Kasteel van Laarne, Laarne, Belgium
- A Harmony of Different Voices, DIFC Sculpture Park, Dubai, U.A.E

- Tatau - Arte en La Piel, Centro Cultural Las Condes, Santiago du Chile, Chile
- Elle Rit, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Drôles de convergences, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
- Quand la matière devient art, Maison Guerlain, Paris, France

- Nature in Art, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
- Useless: Art Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing, Bronx Museum, New York, United States

- The Artist is Present, YUZ Museum, Shanghai, China
- Changwon Sculpture Biennial, Changwon, South Korea
- Héri[T]ages, Centre d'art contemporain départemental l'ar[T]senal, Dreux, France
- Art Through Football, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia 
- Pardon My Language, Zidoun Bossuyt, Luxembourg 
- Do Disturb, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France 

- Decoration Never Dies, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, Japan
- La Balade de la Paix / An Open-Air Museum, Sherbrooke Street, Montréal, Canada, from the McCord Museum to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
- The Beauty of the Beast. Dierenkunst van oude en nieuwe meesters.
Kasteel d'Ursel, Hingene, Belgium
- XY Glazen Huis , Glazen Huis, Lommel, Belgium
- Socle du Monde - Biennale 2017, HEART Herning Museum of Modern Art, Herning, Danemark
- A poil et à plume, Musée de Flandre, Cassel, France
- No Place like Home, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
- La Collection, Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez, Bordeaux, France

- Cut Up/Cut Out, Bedford Gallery / Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, United States
- A Heritage Transposed - Zeitgenössische Positionen zum Iran, BOX Freiraum, Berlin, Germany
- The 3rd Today's Documents: Bric à Brac Today Art Museum, Beijing, China
- Moderniteit à la Belge, KMSK, Brussels, Belgium
- SacreBleu, Musée d'Arras, Arras, France
- De Jaren Tachtig - Een decennium van extremen, MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium
- Mobili-té-tät-tà-ty, APCd Fondation, Marly, Switzerland
- Manmade, Provinciedomein Raversijde, Oostende, Belgium
- Something Old, Something New, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Eins, zwei, Wechselschritt - 50 years Art Cologne and the avant-garde in Belgium
Art Cologne, Köln, Germany
- Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, United States
- Red Desert, ArtVera Gallery, Genève, Switzerland
- Carambolages, Grand Palais, Paris, France
- Everybody's Crazy but Me, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
- Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection Unveiled, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan
- Ta.Bu, Maison Particulière, Bruxelles, Belgium

- Mutated Reality, Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Moscow, Russia
- Joie de vivre, Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, France
- Belgique, Galerie Templon, Paris, France
- La Souris et le Perroquet, Villa Arson, Nice, France
- Doux Leurre - Camouflages Contemporains, Galerie des Beaux Arts, Bruxerolles, France
- Architecture & Sculpture, Fondation VillaDatris, l'Isle sur Sorgue, France
- SupraEnvironmental, Katonah Museum, Katonah, United States
- Museum of STones, Noguchi Museum, NYC, United States
- Mythos Schönheit, Upper Austria State Musem, Linz, Austria
- Carnal Desire, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden-Rot, Germany
- Referenzen, Galerie Thomas Modern, Munchen, Germany
- Blickachsen 10, Bad Homburg, Franckurt am Rhein, Germany
- Tattoo, Museum for Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany
- I belgi. Barbari e Poeti, Macro, Rome, Italy
- Arts & Foods - Triennale di Milano, Milano, Italy
- Industriale Immaginario, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
- Forme a Anti Forme, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milano, Italy
- BE Diveristy, MUSE Museum, Trento, Italy
- Eppar si Muove, Mudam, Luxembourg
- Sweet 18, Kasteel d'Ursel, Hingene, Belgium
- Surrealism Goes Bananas, Sorry. We're closed, Art Brussels, Belgium
- Icon, Maison Particulière, Bruxelles, Belgium
- One Big Family, Commanderie van Alden Biesen, Bilzen, Belgium
- Les Mondes Inversés, B.P.S.22, Musée d'art de la province de Hainaut, Charleroi, Belgium
- Obsession, Maisons Particulière, Brussels, Belgium
- Whorled Explorations, Kochi Biennale, Kochi, India
- 20 + 2 Years, ARNDT @ Helutrans Artspace, Singapore

- Passions Secrètes, Tripostal, Lille, France
- The Sea - Salut d'honneur Jan Hoet, Muzee, Oostende, Belgium
- JISP 2014, Jing'An Biennial, Jing'An Sculpture Park, Shanghai, China
- Late Harvest, Wiegand Gallery - Nevada Museum of Art, Nevada, United States
- Sailing into the sea of oblivion, Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
- Bad Influence, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, United States
- Used Me, Herbert Foundation, Gent, Belgium
- On the Blue Shore of Silence, Tracy Williams, New York, United States
- Tattoo, Brandts museum, Odense, Denmark
- Cathedrals 1789 - 1914: A Modern Myth, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Rouen, France
- L'Art Belge - Entre Rêves et Réalités, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ville de la Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
- Black Gold, Shirin Art Gallery, Tehran, Iran
- Wrong's What I Do Best, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, United States
- Existenzielle Bildwelten, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany
- Business Model, La Vitrine, Paris, France
- Health, Belgian Senate, Brussel, Belgium
- Nouveau Festival, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

- Out of Hand. Materializing the Postdigital, MAD Museum of Arts and Design, New York, United States
- Labor & Wait, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, United States
- Théâtre du Monde, une exposition des collections de David Walsh, curaté par Jean-Hubert Martin, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
- Happy Birthday Galerie Perrotin / 25 ans, Tri Postal, Lille, France
- Wunderkammer, l'Academia Belgica, Roma, Italia
- Turbulences II, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
- Babel, Mucsarnok, Budapest, Hungary
- Babel, Botanique, Brussels, Belgium

- Skin, Fondation Claude Verdan, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Sint-Jan, Sint Baafs Chathedral, Ghent, Belgium
- Babel, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France
- Jing'an International Sculpture Park 2012, Jing'an, China
- Meta.Morf 2012, Biennal for Art & Technology, Trondheim, Norway
- ArtJog2102, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

- Sint-Jan, Saint-Bravo Chathedral, Ghent, Belgium
- Super Organism, CAFAM Biennale, Beijing, China
- Skin, Fondation Claude Verdan, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Eating Art, Fundacio Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
- Flemish Masters - That's life, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, United States

- Decadence Now! Visions of Excess, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, The Czech Republic
- Hareng Saur: Ensor & Contemporary Art, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
- Skin, The Wellcome Collection, London, United Kingdom
- Exploded View, OAG, Toronto, Canada
- Visceral Bodies, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
- Bilder vom Künstler, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
- The State of Things. Contemporary Art of China & Belgium, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium & NAMOC, Beijing, China

- Close up, Fruitmarker Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
- Anatomie, collection Florence et Daniel Guerlain, Frac Picardie, Amiens, France
- Take me There, Show me the Way, Haunch of Venison, New York, United States
- Poëtique du Chantier Musée-Château d'Annecy, Annecy, France
- Biennale of Moscow, Moscow, Russia
- Sk- Interfaces Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Messiahs, Modem, Debrecen, Hungary
- Unconditional Love, La Biennale di Venizia, Arsenale Novissimo, Venice, Italy
- Colossal-Kunst Fakt Fiktion, Kalkriese, Germany
- The Endless Renaissance, Bass Museum, Miami, United States
- Mythologies Haunch of Venison, London, United Kingdom
- The State of Things - Brussels.Beijing, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium
- Superabundant Turner Contemporary Project Space, Kent, United Kingdom

- Doing it my way, Perspectives on Belgian Art, MKM Museum, Germany
- SK-Interfaces, FACT, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Take me There, (Show me the Way), Haunch of Venison, New York, United States
- Close up, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
- L'argent, Frac Ile de France, Le Plateau, Paris, France
- Less is less, more is more, that's all, CAPC, Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, France
- Dichter op de Huid, Fort Asperen, Asperen, The Netherlands
- Umedalen Skulptur, Umedalen Skulptur Park, Umedalen, Sweden
- Evolution: From Object to Man, Max Lang Gallery, New York, United States
- Ad Absurdum, MARTa, Herford, Germany
- Comme des Bêtes, Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland
- The Glass Experience, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, United States
- Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- Chanel Mobile Art Mobile Container, Star Ferry Car Park, Hong Kong, China
- Animations/Fictions, MNAC, Bucarest, Romania

- Waaruit bestaat een kus, Monumental Beeldenpark, Bornem, Belgium
- Urban connections, Domaine de Chamarande, France
- Animanga, Exit, Festival International à la Maison des Arts de la Culture, Créteil, France
- Capricci , Casino - Forum d'art contemporain, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Guesthouse 2007, Mudam Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- I am as You Will Be, Cheim & Read, New York, United States
- Intersezione III, Parco Archeologico di Scolarium, Catanzaro, Italy
- Mining Glass, Museum of Glass, Washington DC, United States
- The aggression of beauty II, Arndt & Partner, Berli, Germany
- Into Me/ Out of Me, MACRO, Roma, Italy
- Negatech, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica, Buenos Aires, Argentina

- Into Me / Out of Me, Kunstwerke Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- Diagnose, Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg, Germany
- Bêtes de Style, Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Human Nature, SoFa Gallery, Bloomington, United States
- Le Tableau transparent et le Diaphane, Musée National de Monaco, Monaco, France
- D'Etonnants Détours, FNAC de Picardie, Amiens, France
- Envisage, Biennal of Shangai, Shangai, China
- Art'Fab, La Citadelle, Monaco, France
- Eldorado, Mudam, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Into Me/ Out of Me, PS1, New York, United States
- Reconstruction #1, Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, United Kingdom
- Nous nous sommes tant aimés, Collections de Saint-Cyprien, Saint-Cyprien, France
- World Team - Artists of the Ball, Museum der Bildende Kunste, Leipzig, Germany
- Take a walk on the wild Side, De Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich, Switzerland
- The Originals: Neo-Esthetics of Animamix, Moca Shangai, Shangai, China
- Glass: Material Matters, LACMA, Los Angeles, United States
- Close Up, Art Centre Silkeborg, Denmark
- The Complex of Respect, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland
- Birdspace, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, United States
- Yellow Pages Artists, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
- Fiction@Love, Moca Shanghai, China

- Spirit of Dada, Galerie Art Attitude, Nancy, France
- Delicious, Sint-Truiden, Belgium
- On Love, Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands
- Two Asias/Two Europes, Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
- Mé Tissages, MIAT, Gent, Belgium
- Missies, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Convergence, E116/N40, 798 Dayalo Workshop, Beijing, China
- Connexions, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland
- Ex 05.01.03103, Cartin Collection, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
- L'Expérience de la Durée, Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France
- Birdspace, McDonough Museum of Modern Art, Youngstown, Ohio, United States
- Slow Art, MKP, Düsseldorf, Germany
- Big Bang, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
- Die Obere Hälfte, Städtische Museen, Heilbronn, Germany
- Burlesques Contemporains, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France
- L’Idiotie, Domaine Pommery, Reims, France
- Domicile, Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne, France
- La Beauté de l’Enfer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Visionary Belgium, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium
- Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Marco, Vigo, Spain

- Tongue n Cheek, CRAC Alsace, Altkirch, France
- You said erotic, La Maison de Marijke Schreurs, Brussels, Belgium
- Bridspace, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, United States
- Hors d'Oeuvres, CAPC de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
- Needful things: Recent Multiples, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, United States
- Tatu - tattoo, Royal Museum, Brussels, Belgium
- Continental Breakfast, 45th October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia
- Giganten/Giants, Den Haag Sculptuur 2004, The Hague, The Nederlands
- Birdspace, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, United States
- La Mort devant Soi, Galerie Guy Bartschi, Geneva, Switzerland
- Making Visible, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Settlements, Musée d’Art Moderne, St-Etienne, France
- Because the Earth is 1/3 Dirt, CU Art Museum & The Colorado Collection, Boulder, Ohio, United States
- Birdspace: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, United States
- Panorama da Arte Brasileira, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Mouvements de fonds, Galeries contemporaines des Musées de Marseille, France
- Magie in Mediakunst, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Oxymory, Frac Basse-Normandie, Caen, France
- Summer Time, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France
- Gelijk het leven is, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
- Ornament, Luitpoldblock, München, Germany
- ARTour 2003, Musée de Mariemont, Morlanwelz, Belgium
- Absolut Generations, 50. Biennale Venezia – Zenobio Palace, Venice, Italy
- Lines of Engagement, Sperone , New York, United States
- Il Racconto del Filo, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Trento, Italy
- Perception Destabilisée, Galeries du Cloître, Rennes, France
- Scenery, Richard Salmon Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- The Ambiguity of the Image, Art Athinai, Athens, Greece
- Five, Galerie Kusseneers, Lier, Belgium
- Delvoye – Kvium – Melgaard – Quinn, Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Vanitas, De Markten, Oude Graanmarkt , Brussels
- Outlook, Cultural Olympiad 2001-2004, Athens, Greece
- Models & Mavericks, Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands
- Scatalogue, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
- Vanités contemporaines, Musée d’art Roger-Quilliot, Clermont-Ferrand, France
- Paradigm of Love , Palais Thurn & Taxis, Bregenz, Austria
- Scenery, Nuova Icona Gallery, Venice, Italy
- GNS, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
- Jan Hoet presenteert: Delvoye-Hammons, Les Brigittines, Brussels, Belgium
- The Ideal City, Bienal de Valencia, Barrio del Carmen, Valencia, Spain
- De Manessier à Wim Delvoye, Musée National d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Phantom of Desire, Neue Galerie, Graz, Switzerland
- The Disenchanted Mountain, Tour Fromage, Aosta, Italy
- Extra, Swiss Institute for Contemporary Art, New York, United States
- No Canvas, Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy
- MuHKA – A choice, MuHKA, Antwerpen, Belgium
- Granada de fondo, Centro José Guerrero, Calle Oficios 8, Granada, Spain
- Qu’est-ce que la photo-sculpture?, Frac Limousin, Limoges, France

- The Long March Project, Jinhua Temple, Moxi Province, China
- From Pop to Now, Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio, United States
- Der Berg, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
- Vidéo Topiques, Musée d'Art Moderne de Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France
- Melodrama, Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, Granada
- Busan Biennal, Busan, Korea
- La vie, au fond, se rit du vrai, CAPC Bordeaux, France
- Guida, Museion, Bolzano, Italy
- To Whom it may Concern, CCAC Wattis Institute, San Francisco, United States
- From Pop to Now, Tang Teaching Museum, New York, United States
- La Part de l'Autre, Carré d'Art de Nîmes, Nîmes, France
- Melodrama, Artium, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
- Sense of Wonder,Herzliya Museum of Modern Art, Herzliya, Israel

- The Long March Project, Jinhua Temple, Moxi Province, China
- Sense of Wonder, Herzliya Museum of Art, Herzliya, Israel
- Salon Privé, Galerie Beaumont, Luxembourg
- Arte Y Embutidos, Galeria Museo, Caracas, Venezuela
- De Spiegel van het Verlangen, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium
- Styx-Projektionen, Kunsthalle Trier, Treves, Germany
- Re-Touche, Kunsthal Sint-Pietersabdij, Ghent, Belgium
​- Marking the Territory, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland
- Ironia, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastian, Spain
- Un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France
- Belgisch Atelier Belge, Dexia Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
- Sonsbeek 9, Arnhem, The Netherlands
- Irony, Fondaçion Miró, Barcelona, Spain
- Sous les ponts…, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Between Earth and Heaven, PMMK, Oostende, Belgium
- The Silk Purse Project, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom
- Confidences, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- The Overexcited Body, Palazzo dell' Arengario, Milano, Italy
- Eine Barocke Party, Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
- Give and Take, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom

- Visiones de Latinoamérica - No es sólo lo que vas. Pervirtiendo el minimalismo, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
- ArtWorks, The Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom
- American bricolage, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, United States
- The world on its head, Art Institute, San Francisco, United States
- Luci in Galleria, da Warhol al 2000, Palazzo Cavour, Torino, Italy
- Arte all' Arte, Arte Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
- Manif d'Art, Galerie l'œil de poisson, Montreal, Canada
- Art unlimited, Art Basel, Switzerland
- Partage d'exotismes, 5e Biennale de Lyon, France
- Absolut Ego, Musée des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France
- Du producteur au consommateur, Galerie Duchamp, Yvetot, France
- Dust & Dirt, Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
- Zeitwenden - ausblick, Künstlerhaus Wien, Austria
- Le fou Dédoublé, Château d'Oiron, Oiron, France
- Over The Edges, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium

- 54 x 54 x 54, Museum of Contemporary Art, London, United Kingdom
- Animal, Musée Bourdelle, Paris, France
- La Consolation, Centre National d'Art Contemporain de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
- Decoraz(I)on, Centro Cultural Tecla Sala, Barcelona, Spain
- Dehors - dedans, Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France
- Zeitwenden - ausblick, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
- 48e Biennale di Venezia, d'APERTutto, Venice, Italy
- Ruralia, Porin Taidemuseo, Pori, Finland
- L'Envers du Décor, L'Institut d'Art Contemporain, Villeurbanne, France
- De opening, S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium

- The summer of 1998, Het Domein, Sittard, The Netherlands
- Aspetcs de l'art actuel en Belgique, FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, France
- Baroque, The Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava, Slovakia
- Kritische Elegantie, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
- Cet été là, CRAC du Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète, France
- L'Envers du Décor, dimensions décoratives dans l'art du XXe siècle, Musée d'art moderne, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
- Patchwork in progress 3, Mamco, Geneva, Switzerland
- Voor het verdwijnt en daarna - Watou 1998, Watou, Belgium
- Cartographers, Galerija Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia
- Angeldust, Hallen, Bruges, Belgium
- Magritte en de Hedenaagse Kunst, PMMK, Ostend, Belgium
- Cartographers, Mücsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest, Hungary
- Spatiotemporal / Verk ur Samlingen 1988-1998, Magasin 3 Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

- ...Objets? FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France
- Cartographers, Galerije Grada Zagreba, Zagreb, Croatia
- Biennale de Cétignié, Cétinié, Montenegro
- Kwangju Biennale, Kwangju, South-Corea

- Under Capricorn (Art in the Age of Globalisation), Stedelijk Museum, A'dam + City Gallery, Welington, New Zealand
- Interzones, Kunstforeningen, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Relaciones Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporaneo, San José, Costa Rica
- Sammlung Sonnabend. Von der Popart bis heute. Amerikanische und europäische Kunst seit 1954, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
- Everything that's interesting is new / The Dakis Joannou Collection, Athens School of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece

- Sculpture & Object, Galleri Wallner, Mälmo, Sweden
- Issues of Empire, Guggenheim Gallery/ Chapman University Orange, California, United States
- ARS 95, Nykytaiteen Museo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

- Cocido y Crudo, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
- Depois de Amanha / The Day After Tomorow, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
- Icastica, Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
- EV + A Invited, Limerick, Ireland

- Good News, Galleria Cardi, Milano, Italy
- Curious and Mirabilia, Chateau d'Oiron, Oiron, France
- Post-Human, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

- Post-Human, FAE Musée d'Art Contemporain, Pully/Lausanne, Castelo di Rivoli, Rivoli / Deste Fondation, Athens, Greece
- 9Th. Biennale of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
- Selectie Belgische kunstenaars voor Documenta IX, Museum Dhondt - Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium
- Documenta IX, Kassel, Germany

- Altrove, Museo di Arte Contemporaneo, Prato, Italy
- Desplazamientos, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain
- Anni Novanta, Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna / Musei Comunali, Rimini, Italy
- Kunst, Europa, Belgien, Niederlande, Luxemburg, Kunstverein, Düsseldorf, Germany

- Kunstenaars van Vlaanderen, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium
- Confrontaciones, Museo Español de Arte Contemporaneo, Madrid, Spain
- Belgique, une nouvelle génération, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Clisson, France
- Artists (From Flanders), Palazzo Sagredo, Venice, Italy
- Aperto, Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
- Blau, Farbe der Ferne, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany

- Confrontatie & Confrontaties, Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent, Belgium

public collections

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

- AWZ & City of Middelkerke, West Flanders
- The Belgacom Art Collection, Brussels
- Brussels Regional Parliament, Brussels
- Belfius Art Collection, Brussels
- City of Anderlecht, Anderlecht
- City of Brussels, Arduinkaai Belgium
- City of Evergem, Belgium
- City of Ghent, Ghent
- City of Knokke, Knokke
- City of Wervik, Wervik
- Collection Katoennatie, Antwerp
- The Flemish Art Collection, Brussels
- IDEA, Mons
- ING Art Center, Brussels
- Middelheim Sculpture Park, Antwerp
- MuHKA, Antwerp
- Musée d'Ixelles, Brussels
- National Bank of Belgium, Brussels
- PMMK, Ostend
- Province of Henegouwen, Henegouwen
- SMAK, Ghent
- University of Antwerp, Antwerp

- CAPC Bordeaux, Bordeaux
- Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
- Espace Claude Berri, Paris
- FNAC, Puteaux
- Fondation Cartier, Paris
- Fondation d’art contemporain Florence & Daniel Guerlain, Paris
- Fondation Salomon, Alex
- FRAC Aquitaine, Bordeaux
- FRAC Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
- FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou
- FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes
- FRAC Limousin, Limoges
- Musée d'Art Moderne, Saint-Etienne
- Musée d'Art Moderne, Strasbourg
- Musée de Rouen, Rouen
- Musée du Louvre, Paris
- Cité de Roubaix, Roubaix

- Collection Olbricht, Essen
- DZ Bank AG, Frankfurt
- Museum Kunst-Palast, Düsseldorf

- Deste Foundation, Athens

- TomcA, Tehran

- The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

- Collection Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli
- Parco Archeologico di Scolacium, Borgia

- City of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
- Mudam, Luxembourg
- Collection Grand-Duchesse de Luxembourg, Luxembourg

- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
- Collection Interpolis, Tilburg

- Museet for Samtidskunst, Oslo

- Centro Modulo, Lisbon

South Korea
- Kimpo Sculpture Park, Kimpo

- Diputaciòn de Granada, Granada

- Magasin III, Stockholm

- UBS Art Collection, Switzerland

- MONA, Tasmania

United States
- Collection Peter Norton, New York
- Guggenheim New York
- Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego
- Stained Glass Museum, Chicago
- The Cartin Collection, Hartford, USA
- The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, USA

- Jing'An Sculpture Park, Shanghai

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Wim Delvoye / Nicolas Bourriaud

Nicolas Bourriaud: Ever since 1988 when I first encountered your work, you’ve constantly been using the aesthetic surroundings of your native town of Ghent and of Flanders, and expanding them to a planetary scale. You explore a kind of mental realm, a deposit of shapes and forms. In this way, you draw on the work of David Hammons…

Wim Delvoye: It’s true. I’ve always liked the way Hammons formulates universal issues based on a local language. You don’t have to be black to experience his work; it speaks directly to you. His work has remained top ranked for nearly thirty years. Picasso too always remained Spanish. My alphabet refers to this realm; but my language is global, universal. Yet 70 per cent of my work could not be done in the United States. The country is far too puritanical.

NB: There are two types of demands in terms of identity behind your work—the European identity in contrast to Anglo-Saxons, on the one hand; and your masculine identity as a reflection of feminism, on the other.

WD: I’m a boy and I’m not ashamed of what I’m made up of: science, trucks, cars, models, and to a certain extent my aggressive side. And I never use the female body. Except in stained glass windows. Most of the time, however, I explore scatology: the colon and the stomach. Sexuality interests me less than digestion does as a subject and as a metaphor. I’m more interested in themes that unify. In the 1990s, women artists began focusing their work on a new subject: their sexuality. This quasi-institutionalized separatism of the 1990s shocks me. It’s politically correct: all of a sudden, during the post-cold war period, people could no longer hide behind the flag. The United States of Mickey Mouse was over. Everyone had to invent an identity for themselves. There were so many good social projects camouflaging a kind of visual poverty…Art is not by definition morally good. I’ve never believed in justifying one’s good heart or intelligence through art.

NB: How is it important to show this negativity in art, this bad disposition? How does this inspire your work?

WD: It’s a more efficient way to criticize the world. At first glance, people will think that I’m not politically correct, but at the same time, my work is as critical as Hans Haacke’s work. But I’m the one who, like Jesus, kisses Judas. I embrace the negative. Observers notice my contradictions by themselves at times: I’m a vegetarian, yet I have a pig farm.

NB: You put forth the figure of an artist capable of inventing an entire economics system, of being totally self sufficient. What does this entrepreneurial side signify for you?

WD: I hire craftsmen, ceramists, glaziers, and batallions of lawyers whenever I print convertible bonds. I see this as a criticism of art-as-investment-product. It’s not easy for artists to produce monetary shares, you have to negotiate. I didn’t think it was possible at first, and that itself was incentive. It’s difficult to invent a machine that produces excrement in a museum (“Cloaca”), and the idea was launched by the same kind of desire to go further. Is it art? In Flemish, when people say, “It’s not an art,” that means that it’s not difficult to do. The yellow pages are my studio. I read: carpenter, lawyer, ceramist…I make a phone call. Sometimes I go to a workshop and I don’t have any idea. I just go because it seems interesting. I speak with the boss for half an hour, but I ask him questions about his machines. How does it work ? With a laser, with water? How do they drill?

NB: I’ve always been interested in the relational aspect of your work. You actually go out and meet people when you’re producing…

WD: I learned French while I was putting together my “la Vache qui rit” collection for “On the Origin of Species.” Each work serves a purpose by showing me something: for example, I could be a radiologist without having to study to the age of 29. I currently have an X-ray machine and I can make diagnoses. “Cloaca” was the high point of this procedure. Each of my pieces demonstrates that being an artist represents a choice.

NB: If we had to describe Wim Delvoye’s visual landscape, there would be two pivotal axes: one is the world of the frieze—decorative, the elegance of arabesques; the other is excrement. I see all of your work revolving around these two extremes, the decorative and the excremential. You either juxtapose these absolute opposites—the organic and the decorative—or you keep them apart.

WD: Artists make art and birds sing. I see only one undertaking in the social and sexual struggle: to seduce and to set yourself apart from the others. This could be a primitive with feathers on his head, or a peacock fanning its tail. But everything good in art is “useless.” You have to accept being rational. Look at the wide variety of colors in nature, all those birds singing for nothing…The females who go and select a mate who sings best make up a Jury of Waste. We are the result of millions and millions of seductive acts that were successful genetically. And everything is wasted. The ornament to an extent is a form of waste. Shit is too, for everyone. This is the most cosmopolitan image in existence, more universal than Jesus or Coca-Cola.

Wim Delvoye at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, September 6 to October 31, 2014

Wim Delvoye at Galerie Perrotin, Paris, September ...