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Urs Fischer: Madame Fisscher

15/06/2012

Bringing together over 30 works spread over 2,000 square metres, Urs Fischer’s monographic exhibition Madame Fisscher unfolds throughout the atrium and first floor of Palazzo Grassi. The works selected come from several international collections, including the artist’s own and that of the François Pinault Foundation. Together, they present the artist’s career from the late ‘90s to today, including new productions shown here for the first time as well as works created in collaboration with Georg Herold - one of Fischer’s former professors - and a sculptural project installed in the public space of the city, organized in collaboration with students from the Venice Academy of Fine Arts.

 

This exhibition presents an overview of the career and the philosophical foundations of an artist widely considered one of the most important contemporary sculptors. The unique quality of this artist’s work stems from the way in which he seizes ordinary objects (Fischer’s favourite working material) and transforms their meaning through the use of highly diverse techniques and materials, in an approach that often resembles that of collage.

 

Combining illusion and reality, violence and humour, eternity and the ephemeral, Urs Fischer’s universe is both logical and absurd. The artist attempts to capture an unstable equilibrium whose meaning is never definitively set.

 

François Pinault decided on Urs Fischer to inaugurate this new cycle of one-man shows, thus becoming the first living artist to be the subject of a solo exhibition at Palazzo Grassi–Punta della Dogana-François Pinault Foundation.

 

 

// Urs Fischer: Madame Fisscher - April 15, 2012 – July 15, 2012 at Palazzo Grassi, curated by Caroline Bourgeois.

Photographer - Marta Galli

Jack Smylie

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