Wim Delvoye  

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"A full-length study of the uses and abuses of scatology in contemporary Eat Art would have to encompass at least fifty years of stercorous art, from Manzoni's Merda d'artista (1961) to Wim Delvoye's Cloaca (2001)."--The Politics and Aesthetics of Hunger and Disgust (2017) by Michel Delville and ‎Andrew Norris

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Wim Delvoye (Wervik, 1965) is a Belgian artist known for conceptual artworks such as Cloaca (2000).


Cloaca is an installation that produces feces. The first Cloaca machine was exhibited at the MuHKA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp) in 2000.


Around 2001, the artist asked some of his friends to paint parts of their bodies with small amounts of barium and then have sex in actual medical clinics.

At exhibitions, the X-rays are presented as giant stained-glass church windows. At a distance you admire the abstract forms, but it is only when you come closer and study it in detail that you see what it is composed of.

He used this trick before in his 1992 work "Mosaic". The work consists of glazed tiles bearing an identical image, arranged to form symmetrical and highly ornate patterns. It is only on closer inspection that you realize that on each tile, you see 2 turds -the artist's own excrement!

Tattooed pigs

Wim Delvoye has been tattooing pigs since the 1990s. In the early 21st century a tattooed pigs project was set up in the Art Farm in China, where there are fewer strictures regarding animal welfare than in most parts of the Western world. In 2005 his colleague, artist Danny Devos, spent several months at the farm, reorganizing, managing and rebuilding.

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