Peter Fischli and David Weiss - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 27, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Art & Public, Geneva

  • Exhibited

    Kunsthaus Zurich, Stiller Nachmittag, Aspekte Junger Schweizer Kunst, 11 September – 1 November, 1987

  • Literature

    Exhibition Catalogue, Kunsthaus Zurich, Stiller Nachmittag, Aspekte Junger Schweizer Kunst, Zurich, 1987, p. 64 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss have been collaborating since 1979 continuously confronting, whilst humorously celebrating the sheer banality of everyday existence. Utilising a variety of media including photography, film, video, artists’ books, installation and sculpture, their work playfully ignores the traditional distinction between high and low art, while at the same time commenting on the human condition.
    The present lot is a prime example of the duos rubber series, in which they focused on reconfiguring seemingly ordinary objects such as the vase and have presented the work within a sculpted context. Underlying all of their work is a childlike spirit of discovery which encourages the viewer to look afresh at their surroundings. In Fischli and Weiss’s world everyday objects take on an unexpectedly lifelike quality – they balance on each other, play off each other and collide into one another with a witty intelligence infused by the artist.



Black rubber.
35 x 22 x 22 cm. (13 3/4 x 8 5/8 x 8 5/8 in).

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £50,900

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm