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  • Jul 19, 2019

Restless Observer: Interview with Wim Delvoye

Portrait of WIM DELVOYE at his survey exhibition, presented by the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, 2019. Photo by Odile Keromnes. Courtesy Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. 

Wim Delvoye dreams outrageously—some would say gratuitously—big. He lives and works out of a renovated castle in Belgium, with a medieval-esque moat surrounding him. He is known for his technically perfect, highly ambitious, and often controversial projects: the Cloaca machines, which scientifically transform the cuisine of the world’s best chefs into manufactured feces; live pigs inked with drawings of Disney princesses and fashion logos, and hand-reared on Delvoye’s farm in Beijing; and Rimowa suitcases intricately embossed with Persian motifs with the help of craftsmen in Iran’s legendary Isfahan province. A neo-conceptualist at heart, Wim Delvoye combines philosophical ideas with an eye for new materials and impeccable craftsmanship, challenging existing infrastructures and hierarchies.