Urs Fischer

The Lyrical and the Prosaic (solo show)
Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib
20 October 2019 – 31 October 2020

Installation view: Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib, 2019. Photo: Stefan Altenburger
Installation view: Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib, 2019. Photo: Stefan Altenburger

The Aishti Foundation is proud to present “Urs Fischer: The Lyrical and the Prosaic”, a major exhibition by Swiss born, New York based artist Urs Fischer.

In the past two decades Urs Fischer has been recognized as one of the most respected artists of his generation, having exhibited at prestigious institutions such as the Legion of Honor, San Francisco (2017), Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016), Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013), Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2013), New Museum, New York (2009), Kunsthaus Zurich (2004), and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004), as well in numerous era defining exhibitions such as the 10th Gwangju Biennale (2014), the 54th Venice Biennale (2011), and the 2006 Whitney Biennial. His work is featured in some of the most important collections in the world including: the Pinault Collection, the Dakis Joannou Collection, the Brant Collection.

Conceived and choreographed by the artist, this will be Fischer’s first museum exhibition in the Middle East.

This exhibition brings together a selection of recent works shown along pieces from the Aishti Collection and a series of appositely realized new installations, paintings, and interventions.

Recurring throughout the exhibition is Fischer’s fascination with frequent subversions of scale and constant shifts from the monumental to the minuscule, and, as the title of the exhibition suggests, from the sublime to the prosaic.

Central to the exhibition is Fischer’s new and largest rain-storm installation composed of thousands of individually painted water drops dramatically suspended from the ceiling of the exhibition space.

The exhibition also features a new total environment with a wallpaper installation reproducing thousands of drawings originally created as part of Headz, an informal collaborative project Urs Fischer had initiated in New York in 2018 with Spencer Sweeney and Brendan Dugan.

Including a series of polychrome miniature bronzes, kinetic and wax sculptures, paintings and drawings, the exhibition confirms Fischer as a restless experimenter whose work reconnects to a lineage of contemporary sculptors and artists such as Claes Oldenburg, Martin Kippenberger, and Isa Genzken, all equally fascinated by the unstable beauty of humble materials and the tension between order and disorder.

This survey follows the major exhibition “Trance” by Albert Oehlen, and a trilogy of exhibitions (“New Skin”; “Good Dreams, Bad Dreams”; and “The Trick Brain”) devoted to works from the Aishti Collection.

The Aïshti Foundation


Darren Almond, Urs Fischer et al.

My Cartography: The Erling Kagge Collection (group show)
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles, Arles
3 October 2020 – 28 March 2021 (re-opens from 15 December)

Installation view: My Cartography: the Erling Kagge Collection, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, 2020. © Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles. Photo: François De laderrière
Installation view: My Cartography: the Erling Kagge Collection, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles, 2020. © Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles. Photo: François De laderrière

As from October 2020 the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles is presenting a very personal take on contemporary artistic production: that of modern-day adventurer Erling Kagge. Seen through his eyes, contemporary art assumes its role as a compass. Inspiring and accessible, Erling Kagge’s collection, commenced in 1999, communicates the vital information at stake in the world of the visual arts: “A great work of art,” he says, “is like a thought machine that reflects the artist’s ideas, hopes, lovesickness, failures, and intuitions, among other experiences and emotions.”

Erling Kagge is a Norwegian explorer born in 1963 in Oslo. Famous for having successfully completed the Three Poles Challenge, reaching the South Pole, the North Pole and the summit of Mount Everest, he is also a lawyer, writer, publisher and collector. He has entrusted Bice Curiger, artistic director of the Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles, with the task of curating an exhibition of his collection, the main strands of which reflect Kagge’s enduring sense of wonder and curiosity in the face of the world.

The Erling Kagge Collection today encompasses more than 800 works by artists of different nationalities and generations – all of them pieces that have helped Kagge, in his own words, “to grow”. The collection draws its coherence from its very diversity: there is nothing coincidental, therefore, in the fact that it contains objects playing upon visual perception, such as those by Olafur Eliasson, at the same time as critical works such as those by Klara Lidén, which evoke the notion of (topographical and conceptual) “underground”.

Fondation Vincent van Gogh Arles

Urs Fischer et al.

The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance (group show)
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
15 May – 8 August 2021

Presenting works from the early 20th century to today, The Paradox of Stillness: Art, Object, and Performance examines the notion of stillness as both a performative and visual gesture. This major Walker-organized exhibition features pieces by an international roster of artists testing the boundaries between stillness and motion, mortality and aliveness, the still life and the living picture.

Stillness and permanence are common qualities of painting and sculpture. Consider, for example, the frozen gestures of a historical tableau, the timelessness of a still life painting, or the unyielding bronze or marble figure. Translating these traditional mediums into actions, artists use performance to investigate the interplay between the fixed image and the live body.

The Paradox of Stillness showcases more than 100 works by some 65 artists, including up to 15 live performances activated in the Walker’s galleries or public spaces at intervals throughout the presentation. Works on view range from object-based art and pictures that subtly come to life or shift outside the frame to actions staged by live performers that slowly unfold or unexpectedly reappear. Across the exhibition, puppets and automatons dance through space, while burning candles and rotting fruit mark time’s passing.

Walker Art Center

Urs Fischer, Adam Pendleton et al.

If on a Winter's Night a Traveler (group show)
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
17 December 2019 – 26 December 2020

Adam Pendleton,
Adam Pendleton, "Untitled (masks)", 2019. © Adam Pendleton. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London. Photo: Andy Romer

Mirosłav Bałka – Jean-Michel Basquiat – Max Ernst – Urs Fischer – 
Rashid Johnson – Michael Joo – Adam McEwen – Adam Pendleton 
– Ugo Rondinone – Henry Taylor

This small-scale group exhibition borrows its name from the title of Italo Calvino’s novel, published in 1979, towards the end of the Italian author’s life (1923–1985). If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler was written as an act of wandering through reading, during which the author leads us through various tales that remain unfinished, and never become a coherent plot together. It is written in the second person, making us, the readers, not only his companions on the literary journey but actual protagonists of the reading course. Inspired by the novel, the exhibition “If on a winter’s night a traveler” (in Hebrew it is a female traveler) aims to offer the viewer a journey following observation of art. The viewer (that is, you) is invited to wander along, opposite, beside and around 13 works of art created by ten artists: two lived and worked in the 20th century, the others live and work in the early 21st century. 
The links between the works will hopefully be revealed along the journey: questions of identity, masculinity (old and new), cruelty (between people and in relation to nature), figuring the humanbody and the way in which cultures nurture and enrich each other. “If on a winter’s night a traveler” invites you to wander through the gallery and compose your own story of the exhibition from layers of clues, meanings and sub-plots that the works bring forth.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art