Peter Fischli David Weiss

Since 1979 Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012) have been collaborating on a body of work that combines, rearranges, or otherwise manipulates their daily experiences into something new and unexpected. Executed in a variety of media, including unfired clay, polyurethane, photography, and video, their work playfully ignores the distinction between high and low art. The duo is perhaps best known for the 1987 film The Way Things Go, in which an improbable, Rube Goldberg-esque chain of events unfolds involving household objects and detritus in their studio.

The work of Fischli and Weiss has been exhibited at major museums and biennials around the world. The artists represented Switzerland at the Venice Biennale in 1995 and were awarded the 2003 Golden Lion for Questions (1981-2002), an installation of more than a thousand existential queries collected over several years. Fischli and Weiss also took part in Documenta 8 (1987) and 10 (1997). Their retrospective In A Restless World was organized by the Walker Art Center in 1996 and traveled to San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Boston. In 2006 Tate Modern presented another retrospective, Flowers and Questions, which traveled to the Kunsthaus Zürich and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg. More recently, they participated in Venice’s 2012 Architectural Biennale and 2013 Art Biennale and have had exhibitions at the Art institute of Chicago (2011) and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2013). Peter Fischli lives and works in Zurich.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
Peter Fischli David Weiss In the Here and Now! Swiss Art of the Last 30 Years from the Kunst Heute Collection
Kunstmuseum Bern
Bern, Switzerland
Oct 24, 2014 - Apr 26, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss Testigo Del Siglo
Museo de Arte de Zapopan
Zapopan, Mexico
Nov 28, 2014 - Apr 26, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss Can the Museum be a Garden?
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
Porto, Portugal
Feb 6 - Sep 13, 2015

Peter Fischli David Weiss Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go)
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
Feb 11 - May 24, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss A Special Curatorial Project with Rirkrit Tiravanija: The Way Things Go
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
San Francisco, CA
Feb 13 - May 24, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss White Fire: The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Madrid, Spain
Mar 18 - Sep 14, 2015

Peter Fischli David Weiss Stories We Tell Ourselves
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, CO
Mar 27 - Oct 25, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss Small Questions Big Questions 3 Films by Peter Fischli & David Weiss
Benaki Museum
Athens, Greece
Apr 9 - May 10, 2015
Peter Fischli David Weiss Slip of the Tongue
Punta della Dogana
Venice, Italy
Apr 12 - Dec 31, 2015