Peter Fischli David Weiss

1952 · Switzerland

Artist biography

Peter Fischli David Weiss is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Switzerland, like other renowned artists such as Leo Fabrizio, Vincent Kriste, Daniel Mettler, Pe Lang, and Tobias Weber. Peter Fischli David Weiss was born in 1952.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Peter Fischli David Weiss' work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries like Switzerland and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galerie Eva Presenhuber | Maag Areal in Switzerland, as well as Galerie Eva Presenhuber | New York and Skarstedt Gallery | East 79th Street in the United States. Peter Fischli David Weiss most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Skarstedt Gallery | East 79th Street in New York with the exhibition Group Exhibition. The exhibition was open from 05 December 2019 until 10 January 2020. Peter Fischli David Weiss' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Skarstedt Gallery | 19 E 64th Street in the United States (23 July 2019 - 30 August 2019) with the name PAINTINGS & SCULPTURES and Sprüth Magers | Berlin in Germany (26 April 2019 - 09 August 2019) with the name HAUS.

Historical Context of Switzerland

Perhaps the most significant Swiss contribution to the development of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its founding members included Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara, Jean Arp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Emmy Hennings, and Marcel Janco. Their headquarters, the Cabaret Voltaire, quickly metamorphosed into an prominent hub of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a haven from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. Beforehand, Switzerland had originated some quirky and extraordinary artists in the Post-Impressionist era of the early twentieth century, including Ferdinand Hodler and Felix Vallotton. Another major movement that can be attributed to a Swiss artist was the ‘International Style’ of modernist architecture, pioneered by Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier might have become a French citizen in 1930, but he was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret in the Neuchâtel canton of Switzerland in 1887. Indeed, his first independent projects were executed in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for wealthy local clients. Key Swiss artists of the twentieth century include Jean Tingely, Alberto Giacometti, John Armleder, Pipilotti Rist and Thomas Hirschhorn.

Further Biographical Context for Peter Fischli David Weiss

Born in 1952, Peter Fischli David Weiss was largely inspired by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and growth in the arts, most often defined as a response to the dominant tensions of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a key movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the artwork into the sprawling outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and looking to engage with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain prominence for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. A number of the artists who gained fame and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. n Japan and Korea, artists associated with the Mono-Ha movement explored on encounters between natural and industrial materials such as stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, arranging them in mostly unaltered, transient conditions. The works focused on the interplay between these various elements and the surrounding space, and had a strong focus upon the European philosophy of phenomenology.

Peter Fischli David Weiss

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