Peter Fischli  David Weiss
March 2–April 13, 2013
Berlin

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are delighted to present an exhibition of work by Peter Fischli and David Weiss. The solo presentation will display a cross-fading installation of photographs showing views of airports. Beside this work, four sculptures are on view.

Peter Fischli and David Weiss began collaborating in the mid 1970’s and have since developed an influential position within contemporary art. The artistic duo have worked closely with Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers for over three decades, presenting one of their first solo exhibitions at Monika Sprüth Galerie in Cologne in 1983. Their focus of artistic investigation is the unspectacular aspects of domestic life, employing a wide variety of creative means of expression, ranging from film, photography and artists’ books, to sculptures and multimedia installations. The artists adapt everyday objects and situations which they place – not without humour or irony – in an artistic context, thus raising philosophical and theoretical questions regarding the explanation of the world.

 

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Since the nineteen-eighties, Peter Fischli and David Weiss have been photographing cities, landscapes, and airports during their travels. The airports, which are the central motif of this exhibition, may be seen in quite different ways. On the one hand, as an autonomous and contemporary civilisation with coherent spatial organisation, an individual set of actors and an aesthetic language of their own. Airports are a fundamental symbol of economic globalization and networks, and they function as points of departure and intersection for international trade. On the other hand, they are the source of yearnings which leave their mark on people in their striving towards far-away and unknown places. Airports move within an ambiguity between sameness and difference. Cultural and geographical distinctions are apparent everywhere. In this work of the artistic duo, in which hundreds of photographs of airports play the leading role, the principle of fades and the use of slowly dissolving transitions convey an impression of contemplative rapture with vivid meditative and evocative power.

The four women in business costumes (1987/2012) made of white plaster show the non-individual and stereotypical appearance of a modern woman whose activity is not clearly defined, as there are no details that allow an individual attribution. Likewise, the three automobiles (1988/2013) are, like airplanes, an essential part of our world, but in the selected aesthetic and form they only resemble prototypes. The sculptures can be read as a steady effort and ongoing artistic experiment to give an impression of today's life and its banality.

 

Installation Views
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Details
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Installation view, Sprüth Magers, Berlin, March 2–April 13, 2013
Photo: Jens Ziehe
Jochen Arentzen

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Exhibited Works
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Views of Airports, 1987/2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Views of Airports, 1987/2012
Digital projection (based on slide projection, 469 slides, 1 loop = 1h 46m 43s)

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled (4 Frauen), 1987 / 2012

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled (4 Frauen), 1987/2012
Aluminium and paint
60 × 110 × 150 cm
23 5/8 × 43 1/4 × 59 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Plaster
46 × 140 × 63 cm
18 × 55 1/8 × 24 7/8 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Plaster
49 × 150 × 65 cm
19 1/4 × 59 × 25 5/8 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin
Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988/2013

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988/2013
Plaster
49 × 150 × 65 cm
19 1/4 × 59 × 25 5/8 inches

Details
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Views of Airports, 1987/2012
Digital projection (based on slide projection, 469 slides, 1 loop = 1h 46m 43s)

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Views of Airports, 1987/2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled (4 Frauen), 1987/2012
Aluminium and paint
60 × 110 × 150 cm
23 5/8 × 43 1/4 × 59 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled (4 Frauen), 1987 / 2012
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Plaster
46 × 140 × 63 cm
18 × 55 1/8 × 24 7/8 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Plaster
49 × 150 × 65 cm
19 1/4 × 59 × 25 5/8 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988
Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Peter Fischli  David Weiss – Berlin

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988/2013
Plaster
49 × 150 × 65 cm
19 1/4 × 59 × 25 5/8 inches

Peter Fischli  David Weiss
Untitled, 1988/2013
Details
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Selected Press

Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Art News, article by Jack Woward, Summer, 2013

Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Art + Auction, May, 2013

Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Aesthetica, February / March, 2013

Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Stylemag, article by Teresa Köster, March, 2013

Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Berlin Amateurs, April, 2013