Revolving around the figures of Rat and Bear – a central motif in Fischli Weiss’ work – the show traces the brown rat and the panda bear throughout the three decades of the artists’ collaboration.

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.

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Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09
2 rag puppets with skeletal structure made of iron wire, painted steel
Rat: 64 × 100 × 140 cm / 25,2 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Bear: 60 × 100 × 140 cm / 23,6 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Hanger: 400–900 cm / 157,5–354,3 inches
Edition of 3

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Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09
2 rag puppets with skeletal structure made of iron wire, painted steel
Rat: 64 × 100 × 140 cm / 25,2 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Bear: 60 × 100 × 140 cm / 23,6 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Hanger: 400–900 cm / 157,5–354,3 inches
Edition of 3

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09
2 rag puppets with skeletal structure made of iron wire, painted steel
Rat: 64 × 100 × 140 cm / 25,2 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Bear: 60 × 100 × 140 cm / 23,6 × 39,4 × 55,1 inches
Hanger: 400–900 cm / 157,5–354,3 inches
Edition of 3

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09 (detail)

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Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09 (detail)

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Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09
Installation view, Punta della Dogana, Venice, 2009

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear (Mobilé), 2008/09
Installation view, Punta della Dogana, Venice, 2009

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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.

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

 

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001
405 slides, 5 projectors
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

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The room-filling installation, Untitled (Questions Projection, small) (1981–2001), comprises multiple projectors showing handwritten questions in German, English, Italian, and Japanese. Informed by the queries of Order and Cleanliness, it delves further into what Fischli and Weiss understood to be “popular opposites.” Combining the amusing with the earnest, varying texts covering the walls – crossing over and under one another, appearing only for a few seconds before being replaced by the next – allude to an inner monologue.

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Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001
405 slides, 5 projectors
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001
405 slides, 5 projectors
Dimensions variable
Edition of 3 + 1 AP

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Untitled (Questions Projection, small), 1981–2001 (detail)

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The room-filling installation, Untitled (Questions Projection, small) (1981–2001), comprises multiple projectors showing handwritten questions in German, English, Italian, and Japanese. Informed by the queries of Order and Cleanliness, it delves further into what Fischli and Weiss understood to be “popular opposites.” Combining the amusing with the earnest, varying texts covering the walls – crossing over and under one another, appearing only for a few seconds before being replaced by the next – allude to an inner monologue.

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

 

In drawings and diagrams from the series Order and Cleanliness (1981/2003), the “authors”, Rat and Bear, map their inquiries into the banal and the existential.

Developed as ongoing conversations, this collection accumulated while the duo worked on a particular idea and reflects Fischli and Weiss’ preference of the interrogatory to the declarative as well as their proclivity for phenomenological collecting. This body of work is complemented by eight performative photographs in which the duo lightheartedly explores Principles in the Everyday (1981); dressed in all white and all black – shadow images of Rat and Bear – they pose in different arrangements along with words describing contrary states and systems.

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003
15 drawings: pen, marker pen and pencil on paper (template for edition, 2 different formats, framed)
19 photocopies: black and white, red marker (mounted on alu-dibond)
8 photographs: black and white (framed)
Variable dimensions
Film The Point of Least Resistance, 1981

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Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003
15 drawings: pen, marker pen and pencil on paper (template for edition, 2 different formats, framed)
19 photocopies: black and white, red marker (mounted on alu-dibond)
8 photographs: black and white (framed)
Variable dimensions
Film The Point of Least Resistance, 1981

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003
15 drawings: pen, marker pen and pencil on paper (template for edition, 2 different formats, framed)
19 photocopies: black and white, red marker (mounted on alu-dibond)
8 photographs: black and white (framed)
Variable dimensions
Film The Point of Least Resistance, 1981

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Order and Cleanliness, Principles in the Everyday (group), 1980–2003 (detail)

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Developed as ongoing conversations, this collection accumulated while the duo worked on a particular idea and reflects Fischli and Weiss’ preference of the interrogatory to the declarative as well as their proclivity for phenomenological collecting. This body of work is complemented by eight performative photographs in which the duo lightheartedly explores Principles in the Everyday (1981); dressed in all white and all black – shadow images of Rat and Bear – they pose in different arrangements along with words describing contrary states and systems.

Peter Fischli David Weiss, The Point of Least Resistance, 1981 (excerpt)

 

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Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981
Super 8 color film (digital copy), sound, 4:3 PAL
29 min

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The film – shot on Super 8 – follows the odd couple of plush animals through Los Angeles as they embark on an exploration of the art world’s idiosyncrasies. In its course, a faux detective story involving a murder unfolds to a soundtrack that mixes pop songs and imitates popular film scores of the time. Providing the conceptual and material groundwork for the artists’ future joint practice, The Point of Least Resistance adopts archetypes of cinema that depend on a duo’s comic opposition to open artistic and philosophical examinations of false dichotomies like fiction versus reality or labor versus leisure.

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Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981
Super 8 color film (digital copy), sound, 4:3 PAL
29 min

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981 (still)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981 (still)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981 (still)

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
The Point of Least Resistance, 1981 (still)

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The film – shot on Super 8 – follows the odd couple of plush animals through Los Angeles as they embark on an exploration of the art world’s idiosyncrasies. In its course, a faux detective story involving a murder unfolds to a soundtrack that mixes pop songs and imitates popular film scores of the time. Providing the conceptual and material groundwork for the artists’ future joint practice, The Point of Least Resistance adopts archetypes of cinema that depend on a duo’s comic opposition to open artistic and philosophical examinations of false dichotomies like fiction versus reality or labor versus leisure.

In all works on view Rat and Bear examine the facets of daily life, attempting to bring “light into the darkness” and to find logic in a chaotic world. Probing the framework of reality itself, the eccentric characters function as integral ciphers for the entirety of Fischli Weiss’ collaborative projects.

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear, 1981
Salt and pepper tray from baked clay, glazed
c. 15 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm each
Edition of 20 unique variations

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Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear, 1981
Salt and pepper tray from baked clay, glazed
c. 15 × 8.5 × 8.5 cm each
Edition of 20 unique variations

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London
Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear, 1981

Peter Fischli David Weiss
Rat and Bear, 1981

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In all works on view Rat and Bear examine the facets of daily life, attempting to bring “light into the darkness” and to find logic in a chaotic world. Probing the framework of reality itself, the eccentric characters function as integral ciphers for the entirety of Fischli Weiss’ collaborative projects.

Peter Fischli David Weiss – Peter Fischli David Weiss – London

All installation views: Ben Westoby