X-Ray and Anatomical Stained Glass Windows by Wim Delvoye

chapel series stained glass

In his ongoing series of Gothic works, initiated in 1999, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, about whose tattooed pigs I have blogged about in the past, created some very unusual stained-glass windows and sculptural works made of steel, lead, glass and actual x-rays.

Stained Glass Windows by Wim Delvoye

Stained Glass Windows by Wim Delvoye

For his “Chapel” series, Delvoye took x-rays of two friends performing sexual acts, then combined the x-rays with stained glass to fill the windows of a gothic-style chapel. Some of the windows simply look as though they are made of an abstract design, when upon closer inspection, one can see teeth, intestines, skulls and other anatomical features. Others are more explicit in their representation.

Here are several examples (the following images were all composited by if it’s hip, it’s here)
wim delvoye stained glass

modern stained glass

x-rays in stained glass

contemporary stained glass art

modern stained glass windows by wim delvoye

radiography and stained glass

wim delvoye glass art

glass art

Stained Glass Windows by Wim Delvoye

In addition, several of the stained glass windows shown above also appeared in miniature in Wim Delvoye’s “Chapelle,” 2007:
wim delvoye chapelle model 2007

metal model of notre dame cathedral

inside the chapelle model
Stainless steel, stained glass window, electricity / Acier, inox, vitraux, électricité,10.8 x 10.0 x 5.11 Feet / 326 x 305 x 181 cm

Solo exhibitions of Wim Delvoye’s work have been organized by Castello di Rivoli (1991), Kunsthalle Nürnberg (1992), Open Air Museum Middelheim in Antwerp (1997), Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (2000), Migros Museum in Zurich (2001), Museum Kunst-Palast in Dusseldorf (2002), The Power Plant in Toronto (2004), and Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice (2009). His work has also been included in major group exhibitions such as Venice Biennale (1990, 1999, and 2009), Documenta IX (1992), Sydney Biennale (1992), Lyon Biennial (2000 and 2005), and Shanghai Biennale (2006). Delvoye lives and works in Ghent.

individual images and info courtesy of Galerie Perrotin and Wim Delvoye