12 | 09 | 2020 – End of Year
Peter Fischli is one of today’s most renowned artists. Together with David Weiss, who died in 2012, the pair of artists developed a body of work that enabled domestic objects and everyday experiences to return in different and unexpected forms. Employing a variety of materials and media such as unfired clay, polyurethane, photography, and video, the duo’s oeuvre succeeds in transcending differences between high and low art in a playfully nonchalant and humorously deceptive manner. The quotidian provides a source that becomes paraphrased.
Originally, Fischli/Weiss opposed Conceptual Art, which was attempting to introduce an objective notion of art, but they were equally against the new subjectivity of painting in the 1980s. In 1979, in a reaction to such trends, the Wurstserie was created as their first joint work, ten photographs depicting scenes that they had arranged in their own refrigerator. Plötzlich diese Übersicht (1981) is a gathering of 350 small clay figures that humorously examines various ordinary events. The small artist’s book Will Happiness Find Me? is a bestseller that has been translated into many languages.
Peter Fischli, who recently exhibited sculptures at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, is presenting new works in Bregenz, some of which are being especially developed for the Kunsthaus. They include a video which explores the work of leisure, reliefs made from synthetic foam, cardboard imitations of objects relating to the packaging industry, and large-format photographs of acts of microvandalism in public spaces. Fischli’s works are always characterized by precise observation, cunning criticism, and mischievous mimicry.
Peter Fischli (born 1952 in Zürich, Switzerland). From 1979 onwards he created works, together with his partner David Weiss, who died in 2012, that are regarded as masterpieces of 20th century art. The pair of artists represented Switzerland at the Biennale di Venezia 1995 and in 2003 received the Golden Lion for their presentation Questions (1981–2002). In addition, Fischli/Weiss participated in documenta 8 (1987) and 10 (1997). Their 1996 retrospective In a Restless World was organized by the Walker Art Center, travelling to San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston. In 2006 Tate Modern, London, presented a further retrospective titled Flowers and Questions that was also shown at Kunsthaus Zürich and Deichtorhallen, Hamburg.
Fischli/Weiss participated in the Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2012, the Biennale di Venezia 2013, and exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago (2011) as well as at the Serpentine Gallery in London (2013). In 2016 the Guggenheim Museum, New York, presented the third retrospective Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, which was also shown at Museo Jumex in Mexico City.
Peter Fischli lives and works in Zurich, his most recent projects include exhibitions in Aspen, Colorado, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at Reena Spaulings, Los Angeles and New York, as well as the House of Gaga, Mexiko-City.
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