Peter Fischli David Weiss


February 22 - April 20, 2002
522 W 22 Street
Opening Thursday, February 21, 2002


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.

The exhibition will consist of two new installations—Visible World and Questions—as well as three sculptures from the 1980's.

Visible World is a collection of 3,000 small-format photographs displayed on a specially fabricated 90-foot long light table. The encyclopedic collection of images—of cities, jungles, deserts, airports, stadiums, monuments, mountains, and tropical beaches, from all over the world—is comprised of photographs taken by the artists over the past fifteen years. The photographs include images of well-known monuments like the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum and the Golden Gate Bridge as well as seemingly banal images of city streets, gardens, tropical sunsets and apartment buildings.

Questions is a three-part slide installation, consisting of 243 handwritten questions, with three questions projected at a time. Each set of questions slowly dissolves into the next. The questions range from the profound to the trivial. Examples include: "Can I restore my innocence?," "Why does the earth turn around once a day?," "Does a hidden tunnel lead directly to the kitchen?" and "Does a ghost drive my car around at night?"

Also included in the exhibition are three sculptures, Divider, Cupboard and Little Bed, from a series of everyday objects fabricated in rubber or polyurethane that were made in the 1980's as "anti ready-mades."

Peter Fischli and David Weiss live and work in Zurich and began collaborating in 1979. The artists represented Switzerland in the 1995 Venice Biennale. The following year, a retrospective of their work was organized by the Walker Art Center and subsequently traveled to museums in San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Columbus. In the past two years Visible World has been exhibited at the Museo d'Art Contemporani, Barcelona, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel. Last spring a Fischli/Weiss video, Büsi, was projected on the Times Square Panasonic Astrovision as part of The 59th Minute, a series organized by Creative Time. In 2003, Fischli/Weiss will have an exhibition at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

A reception will be held on February 22nd, from 7-9 P.M. at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view until April 20th. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 6:00 P.M. For further information or photographs, please contact Matthew Israel at (212) 243-0200.