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. 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). In 2016 the Guggenheim presented Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, their third career retrospective, which traveled to Museo Jumex in Mexico City. Peter Fischli lives and works in Zurich.

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Gallery Exhibitions

Museum Exhibitions
moving is in every direction. Environments – Installations – Narrative Spaces
Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart
Berlin, Germany
Mar 17 - Sep 17, 2017
Infinite Garden. From Giverny to Amazonia
Centre Pompidou - Metz
Metz, France
Mar 18 - Aug 28, 2017
Fischli/Weiss: Snowman
Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Apr 27 - Oct 15, 2017

MEWO Kunsthalle
Memmingen, Germany
May 19 - Sep 3, 2017
The Art of Rube Goldberg
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Grand Rapids, MI
May 20 - Aug 27, 2017
Slides: The History of Projected Photography
Musée de l'Elysée
Lausanne, Switzerland
Jun 1 - Sep 24, 2017

Generation Loss: 10 Years of the Julia Stoschek Collection
Julia Stoschek Collection
Düsseldorf, Germany
Jun 10, 2017 - Jun 10, 2018
Wade Guyton Peter Fischli David Weiss
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen, CO
Jun 22 - Nov 26, 2017
The Way Things Do
Fundació Joan Miró
Jun 30 - Oct 1, 2017

Peter Fischli David Weiss - Visible World
LUMA Arles
Arles, France
Jul 3 - Sep 24, 2017
The way things go / Der lauf der dinge
El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Málaga, Spain
Jul 11 - Sep 3, 2017
Fischli and Weiss: Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go)
Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles - Pacific Design Center
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 22 - Aug 20, 2017