1973 · Switzerland
Urs Fischer is an established mid-career contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in Switzerland, like other well-known artists such as Nils Nova, Rudolf Häsler, Andrea Heller, Katharina Berthold, and Reto Pulfer. Urs Fischer was born in 1973.
Galleries and Exhibitions
Urs Fischer's work is available on display in 10 galleries recorded on Artland. Galleries exhibiting Urs Fischer's work include Massimo De Carlo | London, Luxembourg & Dayan | London, and 10 Hanover Street in the United Kingdom. Urs Fischer most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Sadie Coles HQ | Davies Street in London (03 April 2019 until 26 April 2019) with the exhibition Flora + Fauna. Urs Fischer's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Gagosian | Grosvenor Hill in London (11 April 2019 - 17 May 2019) with the name Visions of the Self. Rembrandt and Now and Gagosian | Davies Street in London (12 September 2018 - 15 December 2018) with the name URS FISCHER Dasha. Urs Fischer's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Sōtatsu and took place at Gagosian | 980 Madison Avenue in New York, the United States from the 02 May 2018 to 22 June 2018.
Historical Context of Switzerland
Perhaps the most important Swiss contribution to the unravelling of Modernism was the formation of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916. Its initial 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 vital centre of the artistic and intellectual avant-garde, with the political neutrality Switzerland being a refuge from political uncertainty elsewhere in Europe. precedingly, 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 essential movement that can be connected 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 autonomous projects were realized in his hometown of La Chaux-de-Fonds, including proto modern domestic villas for affluent 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 Urs Fischer
Urs Fischer was born in 1973 and was predominantly inspired by the 1990s. A group of artists working in the United Kingdom, who came to be known as the YBAs, or Young British Artists, defined the artistic culture of the 1990s. Affiliated loosely by their age and nationality, they were a varied collective of practitioners. A number of the YBAs attended the Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths in London, and were favoured by the ‘super collector’ of the time, Charles Saatchi. The most famous member of the group is Damien Hirst, and other members included Chris Ofili, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Sarah Lucas and Sam Taylor-Johnson (née Sam Taylor-Wood). The YBAs became known for their use of shock tactics and sensationalism, alongside their use of throwaway materials, wild lifestyles and an outlook that was defiant yet enterprising. Due to the high amount of media coverage that they received, they dominated British art during the 1990s, and their work was epitomised in the group show ‘Sensation’. The art world was influenced by many trends throughout the decade, and was characterised by the derisive sculpture of Maurizio Cattelan, and sensitive, conceptual advancements as represented in the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez-Torres.