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Daniel Wurtzel is a Brooklyn-based artist best known for his kinetic sculptures and installations using air and lightweight materials that fly. He has shown his artworks at the Musée Rodin, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, the Phillips Collection, and Phaeno Science Center. Daniel’s Paper Tornado was center stage at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in front of a worldwide audience. His Air Fountain was shown alongside 187 Marc Chagall artworks in "Sonho de Amor" at CCBB in four Brazilian cities. Wurtzel’s artworks are on permanent display at Swiss Science Center Technorama, Copernicus Science Center, the World Expo in Astana, and the Museu do Amanhã in Rio de Janeiro. Daniel's work has been showcased in Cirque du Soleil shows, and on Broadway, working with some of the world's most highly regarded theater directors including Julie Taymor, Robert Lepage, Zhang Yimou, and Michel Laprise.


Select Corporate Clients

Airbus, Louis Vuitton, Rolls Royce, Maserati, Range Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Toyota, Ford, Lexus, Volkswagen, Buick, Citroen, Infiniti, Hyundai, Canon, Jaeger-LeCoultre, LG, Huawei, Samsung, Cisco Systems, Four Seasons, Canali, Viking Cruises,  Bayer, Amgen, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell,  BASF, Engie, Hanas Energy, Eiffage, Amway, Vestel, Natura, AEG, Ogilvy and Mather, Moooi BV, Bundesliga, Geberit, Cirque du Soleil, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, and the Saudi Ministry of Culture.

Museum Installations

2022-2023  Sonho de Amor, Air Fountain accompanies 187 Marc Chagall artworks in Sonho de Amor at CCBB-

              three months each in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, and Sao Paulo.

2022  Exploratorium, Air Fountain, San Francisco, CA

2022  The Phillips Collection Centennial Celebration at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC

2018   Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Feather Fountain, The Senses: Design beyond Vision, New


2018   Kunsthall 3.14, Shitstorm installation, Bergen, Norway

2017   Copernicus Science Center, Air Fountain on permanent display, Warsaw, Poland

2017   World Expo 2017, Air Fountain on permanent display, Astana, Kazakhstan

2016   Swiss Science Center Technorama, Air Fountain on permanent display, Winterthur, Switzerland

2015   Musee Rodin, At the Sky's Edge for Airbus, welcome to the Paris Air Show 2015

2015   Museu do Amanha, 4 Oceanos Vortex Generator, Rio de Janiero

2015   The Phillips Collection, Phillips after 5, Washington, DC

2014   Phaeno Science Center, "Luffffft, federleicht und tonnenschwer," Wolfsburg, Germany

Theatrical Performances

2023 Saudi National Cultural Awards Ceremony, Riyadh, KSA

2015-2023  Air Play Show, collaboration with the Acrobuffos, Directed by West Hyler

2017   Apologue 2047, Directed by Zhang Yimou, National Center for the Performing Arts, Beijing

2016   Per Te, Compagnia Finzi-Pasca, Lugano, Switzerland

2016   Radio City Rockettes, New York Spectacular, New York, NY

2016  The Tempest, Directed by West Hyler, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

2015   International Paralympic Games, Opening Ceremony, Doha, Qatar

2015   Air Play Show, collaboration with the Acrobuffos, Directed by West Hyler, Cleveland Playhouse

2015   Finding Neverland the Broadway Musical, Directed by Diane Paulus New York, NY

2015   Discovery of a New World, Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, Harbin, China

2015   Sleep No More, Mckittrick Hotel, New York, NY

2015   The Rites of Spring, with the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team, Directed by Daniel Ezralow,           Mariinski Theater, St. Petersburg, Russia

2014   2014 Sochi Winter Olympics - Closing Ceremony, Directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, Sochi, Russia

2014   Finding Neverland, Directed by Diane Paulus, American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA

2014   The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, performance with FKA Twigs, NYC

2014   Design Disrupted, fog tornado for Gareth Pugh and Lexus, New York Fashion Week, NYC

2013   A Midsummer's Night Dream, Directed by Julie Taymor, Theater For a New Audience, Brooklyn, NY

2013   Cirque du Soleil Amaluna, Directed by Diane Paulus (touring show)

2013   Cirque du Soleil, special event, Toronto

2013   Luc Petit Creation, Palazzigas, Rome, Directed by Luc Petit

2012   Latin Grammy Awards, Mandalay Bay Theater, Las Vegas

2012   Cirque du Soleil, Amaluna, Directed by Diane Paulus (touring show)

2012   Jonas Brothers Concert, Radio City Music Hall, New York

2012   Music Hall of Belgium, Peter Pan World tour, Directed by Luc Petit (touring show)

2012   Ex Machina, Spades, Directed by Robert Lepage, (touring show)

2012   Circus-Conelli 2012, Directed by Roby Gasser, Zurich, Switzerland

2012   La France A Un Incroyable Talent, Paris, France

2012   Paris by Night, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas

2012   Cirque du Soleil, Special Event, Quebec City

2012   2012 European Inventor Awards, for The Danish Crown Prince and Princess, Copenhagen

2012   Avant Garde, Tapis Volant, Plaza Casino Hotel, Las Vegas NV

2011   Das Supertalent Semi-Finals, Germany's Got Talent, Cologne Germany

2011   Cirque du Soleil, Cheri's Party, DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids Michigan

2011   Das Supertalent, Germany's Got Talent, Wiesbaden Germany

2010  Cirque du Soleil, In the Eye of the Storm, Directed by Michel Laprise, Courchevel France


Solo Art Exhibitions

2009   The Work of Daniel Wurtzel, Sculptor of Unique Materials and Experiences Strathmore Hall, Bethesda MD  

2007   Outer Limits, Central CT. State University, New Britain, CT

2006   Rubber Bullets and Tires, Green Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2005   Road Warrior, Green Gallery, Brooklyn NY

2004   Gelatin Sculpture Project, Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2000   Blowout, Nikolai Fine Art, New York, NY

1999   Cenozoic Horses, New York University, New York, NY


Selected Group Art Exhibitions

2012   Notations, The Cage Effect, Hunter College, Times Square Gallery, New York, NY

2011   Kinetic Art, ISE Cultural Center, New York, NY

2011   Kinetic Art, City Lights Gallery, Bridgeport, CT

2010   Adaptation, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

               Figment! NYC, Governors Island, NY

2009   Essential, Essential Art Space, New York, NY

2007   Darwin's Cargo, Baden Powell Gallery, New York, NY

2007   Summer Show, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY

2005   Road Warriors, the Epic Continues, Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003   Yard Sale, Green Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2001   Volkstanz, Special Exhibit Space, Brooklyn, NY

1999   Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1997   Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1996   Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

1995   Talent, Allan Stone Gallery, New York, NY

              Sycamore Head, Margulies/Taplin Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

1994   Big Picture, O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY

              Satyr Boy, Kouros Gallery, New York, NY

              Summer Sculpture Show, Kouros Sculpture Center, Ridgefield, CT

1993   Command Performance, Foodstamp Gallery, New York, NY

1992   Vital Ground, Griffen/McGear Gallery, New York, NY

1991   1991 Annual Show, Stone Sculpture Society, New York, NY

1989   Small Works, Sculpture Center, New York, NY


Public Commissions

1996   One Percent for Art, Culver City, CA (Beluga)

1995   City University of New York, College of Staten Island - Ark

1994   New York City Department of Transportation, Frank the Bull
             (at the Flatiron Traffic Triangle, 23rd St., 5th Ave and Broadway)

1993   Davidson Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University Middletown, CT. (Menhir Series)

              New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.(Tribeca Park) (Menhir Series)

              New York, City Department of Transportation (dag Hammarskjold Plaza) (Beluga)

1989   One Percent for Art, Concord, CA (Division and Contradiction)




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