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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


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Urs Fischer

L’Arc, 2016, installed at the forefront of STATION F in Paris (Permanent installation)

Urs Fischer, L’Arc, 2016, installation view: STATION F, Paris, 2022, photo: Wlad Simitch
Urs Fischer, L’Arc, 2016, installation view: STATION F, Paris, 2022, photo: Wlad Simitch

Urs Fischer’s monumental work L’Arc from 2016 has been installed at the forefront of STATION F, the world’s largest startup campus based in Paris. Made of 202 elements in aluminum alloy with sand casting, this huge arch reinforces the bridge between art and entrepreneurship. Standing 11 meters high, L’Arc is the largest private sculpture on the public space, at the heart of STATION F.

STATION F


Urs Fischer

Lovers
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
2 April – 18 September 2022

Image: Urs Fischer, Noisette, 2009, photo: Stefan Altenburger, © Urs Fischer, courtesy of the artist
Image: Urs Fischer, Noisette, 2009, photo: Stefan Altenburger, © Urs Fischer, courtesy of the artist

Urs Fischer: Lovers is a 20-year survey of Swiss-born conceptual artist. The exhibition is the first major presentation of Urs Fischer’s work in Mexico and will bring together works from international public and private collections and the artist’s own archive, alongside new pieces made for the museum. Together, they exhibit the wide-ranging creativity, humor, and depth of the artist’s practice.

Museo Jumex


Urs Fischer

8, 2014
installed in the new extension of the Kunsthaus Zürich

Image: Urs Fischer, 8, 2014, photo: © Juliet Haller, Amt für Stadtebau, ZürichWerk, © Urs Fischer
Image: Urs Fischer, 8, 2014, photo: © Juliet Haller, Amt für Stadtebau, ZürichWerk, © Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer's sculpture 8 from 2014 has been installed in the new Chipperfield Building at the Kunsthaus Zürich. The official inauguration of the new extension is scheduled to take place on 9 October 2021.

Kunsthaus Zürich