Closing this Week
Urs Fischer in
Nature of Robotics: An Expanded Field
Through April 25, 2021
ArtLab, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Offering an unconventional look at the rapidly expanding field of robotics, Nature of Robotics aims to instigate a thought process on the emerging perspectives and scenarios situated at the frontier between science and the visual arts. By presenting speculative creatures, drawings, diagrams, and videos made by contemporary artists alongside scientific projects, the exhibition invites reflection on the place of artificial agents in our natural and social ecosystems. Work by Urs Fischer is included.
Urs Fischer, Maybe, 2019 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
La rivoluzione siamo noi
Collezionismo italiano contemporaneo
Through June 10, 2021
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, Italy
XNL Piacenza Contemporanea, a new cultural center dedicated to contemporary art, presents its inaugural exhibition, whose title translates to We Are the Revolution: Contemporary Italian Collecting. The show features more than 150 works from eighteen of the most important art collections in Italy. Giuseppe Penone is creating a site-specific piece for the exhibition, and work by Urs Fischer, Ellen Gallagher, Piero Manzoni, and Andy Warhol is also included.
Giuseppe Penone, Propagazione (Propagation), 2020 © Giuseppe Penone/2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Mauro Del Papa
Urs Fischer in
Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
Through June 12, 2021
Part of Noor Riyadh, a new city-wide annual festival of public art installations across Saudi Arabia’s capital, the exhibition Light Upon Light includes thirty works of light art divided into four thematic “rays” that survey light as an artistic medium and aim to unite established artists of diverse geographic origin. From sculpture and video to immersive installation, visitors experience a richly illuminated exhibition. Work by Urs Fischer is included.
Urs Fischer, Leo (George & Irmelin), 2019 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
The Paradox of Stillness
Art, Object, and Performance
May 15–August 8, 2021
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Featuring works from the early twentieth century to today, The Paradox of Stillness examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and a visual gesture. More than sixty-five artists present object-based art, pictures, and actions staged by live performers to test the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, and the still life and the living picture. Work by Urs Fischer, Piero Manzoni, Cindy Sherman, Tom Wesselmann, and Franz West is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2003 © Urs Fischer
The Lyrical and the Prosaic
Through October 31, 2020
Aïshti Foundation, Beirut
This exhibition brings together a selection of recent works by Urs Fischer, which are shown alongside works by the artist from the Aïshti Collection and a series of new installations, paintings, and interventions. Evident everywhere in the exhibition is Fischer’s fascination with subversions of scale and with shifts from the monumental to the minuscule, and, as the show’s title suggests, from the sublime to the prosaic.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic, Aïshti Foundation, Beirut, October 20, 2019–October 31, 2020. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Works from the Brant Foundation
November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020
Brant Foundation, New York
Bringing together more than twenty artists integral to the Brant Foundation’s collection, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the multifaceted practices of artists whose work Peter M. Brant has collected over the past fifty years. Work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Urs Fischer, Mike Kelley, Adam McEwen, Richard Prince, Andy Warhol, and Franz West is included.
Installation view, Third Dimension: Works from the Brant Foundation, Brant Foundation, New York, November 13, 2019–September 3, 2020. Artwork, front to back: © Urs Fischer, © Dan Flavin
The Taste of Art
February 19–July 26, 2020
Museum Tinguely, Basel
Amuse-Bouche: The Taste of Art presents works—some with a participatory element—by more than forty-five international artists from the Baroque period to the present that explore taste as a dimension of aesthetic perception. Breaking with the usual museum practice of appealing primarily to the sense of sight, works in the exhibition offer art historical and phenomenological encounters with the sense of taste. Work by Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and Tom Wesselmann is included.
Installation view, Amuse-Bouche: The Taste of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, February 19–July 26, 2020. Artwork, left to right: © Opavivará!; © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2020. Photo: Gina Folly © 2020 Museum Tinguely, Basel
May 13–September 13, 2019
Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut
The Brant Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary at its Greenwich, Connecticut, space with an exhibition by Urs Fischer, the first artist to have had a solo show at the center in 2010. This exhibition features some of the artist’s most notable large-scale sculptures alongside paintings and other highlights from the Brant Collections.
Installation view, Urs Fischer: Error, Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut, May 13–September 13, 2019. Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
How to See [What Isn’t There]
September 9, 2018–March 17, 2019
Langen Foundation, Neuss, Germany
How to See [What Isn’t There] brings together works from the Burger Collection Hong Kong by thirty-two artists from around the world. The exhibition features forty-five works including sculpture, installation, painting, photography, video, VR, and performance. The artists and works that have been selected for this exhibition highlight and blur the lines between presence and absence. Work by Urs Fischer and Douglas Gordon is included.
Urs Fischer, Mr. Flosky, 2001–02 © Urs Fischer
August 18, 2018–January 14, 2019
Marciano Foundation, Los Angeles
Mad World brought together works from the Marciano collection reflecting the rampant absurdities of contemporary life. Many of the exhibited works address the overwhelming accumulation of information, images, and ideas emanating from our phones, computers, billboards, televisions, and radios. Work by Roe Ethridge, Urs Fischer, and Nate Lowman was included.
Urs Fischer, Green Solace, 16 Handles, Red Solace, 2017 © Urs Fischer. Photo: Mats Nordman
Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile
October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019
GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy
Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile is the first exhibition in an ambitious three-year research program dedicated to the theme of matter. Activating a dialogue with the history of scientific and technological discoveries, and investigating the development of aesthetics theories, Black Hole showcases the work of artists who have explored the material element’s most intrinsic significance, where the actual concept of matter shatters to open up a more profound idea of matter as an original element, as the primordial substance that constitutes everything. Work by Urs Fischer, Lucio Fontana, Alberto Giacometti, Anselm Kiefer, and Piero Manzoni is included.
Installation view, Black Hole: Arte e matericità tra informe et invisibile, GAMeC—Galleria d’Arte Moderna et Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy, October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019. Artwork, left to right: Fondazione Palazzo Albizzini-Collezione Burri, Città di Castello © 2018 SIAE; © Piero Manzoni/2018 SIAE. Photo: Antonio Maniscalco
Dancing with Myself
April 8–December 16, 2018
Punta della Dogana, Venice
Dancing with Myself explores the importance of the artist’s role as an actor in and subject of his own creations, from the 1970s to today. The exhibition brings together a great range of artistic practices, languages, cultures, geographic origins, generations, and experiences, establishing a tension between different artistic approaches. Work by Urs Fischer, Cindy Sherman, and Rudolf Stingel is included.
Rudolf Stingel, Untitled (Alpino, 1976), 2006, Pinault Collection © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
Urs Fischer in
April 20–May 7, 2018
Modern Institute, Glasgow
Glasgow International draws on the city’s strengths as a vibrant and distinctive center of artistic production and display. The festival combines commissions and exhibitions by artists living both locally and internationally, in large-scale and familiar public venues as well as smaller, less conventional sites. Work by Urs Fischer will be included.
Artwork © Urs Fischer. Photo courtesy the artist
September 19, 2017–January 22, 2018
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York
Wild West is a group exhibition commemorating the dynamic legacy of the late Austrian artist Franz West. Curated by former West collaborator Andreas Reiter Raabe, the show consists of works by Franz West, his New York–based contemporaries, including Urs Fischer and Rudolf Stingel, and commissioned works by emerging artists from both New York and Austria.
Installation view, Wild West, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, September 20, 2017–January 22, 2018. Artwork © Urs Fischer and © Rudolf Stingel. Photo by David Plakke/ACFNY
September 22, 2017–January 21, 2018
Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy
Urs Fischer’s monumental sculpture Big Clay #4 (2013–14) and two new candle sculptures have been installed in the Piazza della Signoria and the Arengario in Florence.
Urs Fischer’s Big Clay #4 (2013–14) installed in Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy, September 22, 2017–January 21, 2018
June 17, 2017–January 7, 2018
Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine
This exhibition’s title and theme, Fragile State, has a double meaning. It refers to a delicate moment of vulnerability both in a physical and psychological sense and, at the same time, it refers to political terminology. Work by Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, and Damien Hirst will be included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2011 © Urs Fischer. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
Urs Fischer × Katy Perry
November 17–December 31, 2017
39 Spring Steet, New York
Bliss (2017), a larger-than-life sculpture of Katy Perry by Urs Fischer, is the result of a collaboration between the two artists, after Perry asked Fischer to create an artwork for her most recent album release. The sculpture will be in continual flux over the coming weeks, subject to reconfiguration through the intervention of visitors, who are free to add and subtract from the work as they wish.
Urs Fischer, Bliss, 2017 © Urs Fischer
The Transported Man
April 29–October 22, 2017
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is pleased to announce its debut exhibition curated by director Marc-Olivier Wahler. The Transported Man spans the entire museum and features more than fifty renowned and emerging artists whose work relies on the notion of belief. Work by Walter De Maria, Urs Fischer, and Adam McEwen is included.
Urs Fischer, Untitled, 2015. Photo by Mats Nordman
Moving Is in Every Direction
Environments, Installations, Narrative Spaces
March 17–September 24, 2017
Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin
This exhibition has a nonlinear narrative structure that traces the history of installation art from the 1960s to the present and features expansive walk-in environments, along with video and sound installations. Work by Urs Fischer and Bruce Nauman is included.
Bruce Nauman, Room with My Soul Left Out, Room That Does Not Care, 1984, installation view at Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie, 2010 © bpk / Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, SMB, Schenkung der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection / Roman März und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017. Schenkung der Friedrich Christian Flick Collection.
Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation)!
August 16–September 10, 2017
Karma, New York
Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation)! illustrates labor, transformation, entropy, order, and chaos as its materials shift from stable and fresh to crumbling and rotting.
Urs Fischer, Faules Fundament (Rotten Foundation), 1998 © Urs Fischer. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
The Public & the Private
April 22–July 2, 2017
Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco invited Urs Fischer to bring a contemporary perspective into conversation with the Legion of Honor’s European art collection. Fischer presents approximately thirty of his most iconic works of various size, scale, and media, installed throughout nine galleries and the Legion of Honor’s courtyard.
February 4–June 25, 2017
Lokremise, Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
This exhibition focuses on the tension between the body as a sculptural volume in space and the negative space that surrounds it. The core of the show will include works by Hans Josephsohn and Franz West, while installations by Urs Fischer and Pipilotti Rist expand the dialogue.
Franz West, The First Passstück, 1978/94, Ursula Hauser Collection, Switzerland. Photo by Stefan Altenburger
December 14, 2016–April 23, 2017
Curated by Harald Krejci, this window into Franz West’s collaborative art practice examines a selection of work the artist made with fellow artists such as Urs Fischer, Douglas Gordon, and Albert Oehlen.
Photo © Belvedere, Vienna