Wim Delvoye (b. 1965 in Wervik, Belgium) 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 best known for naturalizing tattooed pigs in China, or mechanically replicating the digestive system to produce real faeces within exhibition spaces. Constantly oscillating between antagonistic realms, such as the sacred and the profane or the local and the global, he confronts various myths that feed 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 aesthetics further question the commodification of art by strategically and provocatively eluding any attempt at definitive categorization. Delvoye lives and works in Ghent.


Delvoye’s works have been exhibited at Castello di Rivoli, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Open Air Museum Middelheim, Antwerp, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Migros Museum, Zurich, Museum Kunst-Palast, Dusseldorf, The Power Plant, Toronto, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Musée Tinguely, Basel, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Musée du Louvre, Paris, and Musée Rodin, Paris, among others. His work has also been included in the Venice Biennale, Documenta IX, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennial, and Shanghai Biennale, and Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Tower, 2010