© Peter Fischli/David Weiss
Sammlung Goetz

Peter Fischli/David Weiss

“Fischli & Weiss open their refrigerator –the result is a brilliant work of art.” (Ingvild Goetz)

The work of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss is characterized by a special fondness for easily overlooked objects and situations from everyday life. These are amusingly featured by a wealth of sculptures, drawings, photographs, slide installations and films. The approximately 50 individual and composite works that Ingvild Goetz has collected since 1996 are exemplary in that they cover the entire span of the two artists’ cooperation, from 1979 until the present.
The unusual use of materials and the associated deception of our viewing habits are characteristic of the Swiss duo’s work. This is expressed, for example, by a series of objects made of synthetic rubber that were cast from original models: a dog bowl, a vinyl phonograph record, a root, a chest of drawers, a sculpture of a woman. The series of photographs entitled Wurstserie (1980) illustrates an exceptional composition of materials and narrative structure. For this first joint work, Fischli and Weiss draped sausages and slices of sausage on carpets, in refrigerators, ovens and rumpled beds and transformed them, together with pickles and cigarette butts, into elements of everyday scenes that ironically and subtly reconstruct excerpts from normal life.
Photography plays a major role in Fischli and Weiss’s oeuvre. Intensive study of their environment and associated travel throughout Switzerland and later in foreign countries has contributed over time to an archive of tens of thousands of photographs, which the artists chiefly present in serial fashion. The intended mediocrity reflects a central theme in the work of Fischli and Weiss: the banal, the obvious, the apparent is placed in the foreground, thus raising questions about the importance of life and art.

Peter Fischli, David Weiss

192 pages, 144 ill., hardcover
2010, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern
ISBN 978-3-7757-2735-8
€ 25,00

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© Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, "Untitled", 1992

An exhibition project by the Sammlung Goetz in public space

The black-and-white photograph "Untitled" (1992) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, in which a figure’s ghostly shadow is captured on a billowing curtain, is part of the artist’s billboard series. The concept behind the work is that the owner produces the image as a public poster. Regardless of how often it is printed, it is always unique. In the context of Munich’s Various Others project, the Sammlung Goetz is presenting "Untitled" (1992) on five billboards in around the city and in front of its own exhibition building in Munich.


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Cyrill Lachauer. I am not sea, I am not land

Sammlung Goetz in Haus der Kunst

Cyrill Lachauer (*1979 in Rosenheim, lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles) develops his extensive projects on long journeys, and delves deeply into the local cultures of the places he visits. For the exhibition by the Sammlung Goetz in the former air-raid shelter of Haus der Kunst, Lachauer has created a new multi-part installation, which includes films, videos, photographs and texts.

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