With Austrian artist Erwin Wurm, bodies, houses, and objects are distorted, swollen, and contorted to illustrate the absurdities of the world we live in. Their exaggerated proportions reflect the ludicrous disparities of our societies, particularly under the influence of economics. The restriction illustrated by his Narrow House (2010) contrasts with his oversized cars and houses (Fat House, 2003).
In Erwin Wurm's Narrow House, reality is neither virtual nor augmented. It is altered. Distorted. As if the whole contruction, interior decoration, and everyday objects had suffered an uneven transformation while making a mockery of usual proportions. Its presence on the Avenue Foch – the main throughfare linking the City Hall to the beach – constrasts with the straight lines of the city centre reconstructed by Perret.
The Fat Car is parked at the Hôtel Dubocage de Bléville, in the Saint-François District, the historic centre of the city. It is parked in the courtyard of the mansion and is surrounded by 26 chairs designed by Quebec sculptor Michel Goulet.
As a true magician of shapes, volumes, and proportions, Austrian artist Erwin Wurm has designed a car at the crossroads between excessive vanity... and candyfloss ! His Fat Car has all the features of a genuine vehicle – including the metallic grey paint of most classic models – but its obese lines and chubby flesh-coloured seats reflect the excessiveness of industrialised societies in which men only seem to exist through overconsumption...
During your visit, do not miss the opportunity to discover the permanent collection of the museum, including the room dedicated to the discovery of Clipperton Island by famous Louis XIV privateer,
navigator, and merchant Michel Joseph Dubocage de Bléville (1676-1727) who once owned the mansion.