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Urs Fischer et al.

Anti-Structure (group show)
DESTE Foundation, Athens
2 June – 27 October 2021

Installation view: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, photo: George Sfakianakis
Installation view: DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art, Athens, photo: George Sfakianakis

Taking as its starting point an immersive installation with works by Urs Fischer and placing it in dialogue with the work of twenty-one Greek and Cypriot artists of various generations and modalities, Anti-Structure explores the far-fetched realm of fine lines between order and chaos, stasis and flux, structure and fragility.

Coined in 1969 by cultural anthropologist Victor Turner (1920–1983), “anti-structure” is a study of the state of mental and spiritual limbo that is characteristic of the second stage—the liminal stage—of any rite of passage, when the novitiate is neither here nor there but, betwixt and between, remains enveloped in abiding upheaval and disarray and a preternatural void.  Anti-structure thus describes a stage of perpetual transformation characterized by moments of dissolution where “structural hierarchies are flattened or inverted.” Whereas the dominant ideology du jour was that any such breakdown would result in anomie and angst, Turner recognized that in times of great happenstance, culture in fact reboots itself and new symbols, models, and paradigms arise.

It is not unusual to find such pockets of clandestine novelty simmering deep in the underground, the pregnant margins of normative order. It is in these lands of strangers and exiles, that one finds fertile ground for radical thought and very strange ideas. It is these ideas cultivated in the fringes of institutionalized etiquette that bring forth novel ways of dress, posture, and expression, attitudes that when fully formed feed back into the system to either break or make the mainstream.

DESTE Foundation


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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