Peter Fischli (*1952) and David Weiss (1946–2012) have created sculptures, videos, site-specific installations, projections and photographs. Their broad conceptual and artistic œuvre engages with the world of everyday life. With wit, subtlety, gentle irony and modesty, they question the mechanisms of artistic authorship, the value-added cycles of the art world, the symbolic value of artworks and the role of the viewer. Peter Fischli has continued the duo’s work alone since the death of David Weiss. The Zurich-based artists have been associated with the gallery since 1983.
Peter Fischli David Weiss
November 22, 2023–February 3, 2024
Peter Fischli and David Weiss have a unique whimsical perspective on the mundane material of everyday life. Since they began working together in 1979, the artistic duo set out to document and investigate their surroundings, juxtaposing the ordinary with the spectacular. Sprüth Magers is pleased to announce an exhibition of famed works of central importance to Fischli and Weiss’ oeuvre in the London gallery. Revolving around the recurring figures of Rat and Bear, the show traces the brown rat (deemed a pest and ugly) and the panda bear (considered endangered and adorable) throughout the artists’ three decades of collaboration. Across video, slide projection, photography, kinetic sculpture and several works on paper, Fischli and Weiss playfully and humorously employ the animal costumes as vehicles for probing Western dualistic thought and its dependence on opposing principles.Read more