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‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum Ocula Report ‘An Opera for Animals’ at Rockbund Art Museum 19 Jul 2019 : Penny Liu for Ocula

An Opera for Animals was first staged at Para Site in Hong Kong between 23 March and 2 June 2019, with works by over 48 artists and collectives that use opera as a metaphor for modes of contemporary, cross-disciplinary art-making. The exhibition's second iteration takes up a large portion of the Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) in Shanghai (22 June–25...

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Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork Ocula Conversation
In Collaboration with Tai Kwun Contemporary
Takashi Murakami on Collecting, Contracts, and Teamwork

For three months from 1 June to 1 September 2019, Tai Kwun Contemporary in Hong Kong showcases MURAKAMI vs MURAKAMI, a major survey exhibition of the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Curated by Tobias Berger, head of art at Tai Kwun, and Gunnar B Kvaran, director of Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, the exhibition spans the three floors of Tai Kwun's...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Urs Fischer

b. 1973, Switzerland

Urs Fischer’s large-scale installations and sculptures posit genres traditionally evoked in painting—such as portraits, landscapes, nudes, and still lifes—in a profusion of rich and often impermanent sculptural materials. Whether utilizing foodstuffs (Bread House, 2004) or more self-destructive mediums, such as soft wax that simply melts away, Fischer mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time. Imbued with their own mortality, his sculptures and installations cultivate the experiential function of art. Fischer incorporates elements of performance and Pop art to create an oeuvre that is distinctly current, and as witty as it is macabre.

Featured Artworks

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Thinking about Störtebeker by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerThinking about Störtebeker, 2005 Portfolio with 18 bound screenprints on transparent paper and 18 loose prints on Epson Enhance Matte Paper
110 x 360 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
40 Seconds Left by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs Fischer40 Seconds Left, 2000 Acrylic and ink on paper in artist's frame
27.9 x 42 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Cape Carneval by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerCape Carneval, 2000–2001 Wood, glass, particleboard, paper, photocopies on polyester film, slide film, latex paint, oil paint, acrylic paint, marker, wood glue, spray adhesive, UV-protective lacquer, staples
266 x 194.5 x 12.5 cm
Sadie Coles HQ
Maybe by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerMaybe, 2018 Two mechanical snails
13.3 x 5.5 x 6 cm
The Modern Institute
Silent Stroll / Leap of Faith / Hearts of Gold by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerSilent Stroll / Leap of Faith / Hearts of Gold, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
Soft / Friend by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerSoft / Friend, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
Crescent Mind / Willpower Paradox by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerCrescent Mind / Willpower Paradox, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ
Blue Horse - Red Horse / Neon Death / The Long Way Round by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerBlue Horse - Red Horse / Neon Death / The Long Way Round, 2018 Paper laminated MDF, primer, gesso, screen printing ink, milled polyurethane frame, resin-based paint
Sadie Coles HQ

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, An Exhibition For Notre-Dame at Gagosian, Paris
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11 June–27 July 2019 Group Exhibition An Exhibition For Notre-Dame Gagosian, Paris
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Flora + Fauna at Sadie Coles HQ, London
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4–27 April 2019 Group Exhibition Flora + Fauna Sadie Coles HQ, Davies Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Urs Fischer, Dasha at Gagosian, London
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12 September–15 December 2018 Urs Fischer Dasha Gagosian, Davies Street, London

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Urs Fischer: Burning down the house Related Press Urs Fischer: Burning down the house VAULT : 31 May 2019

In March, the National Gallery of Australia will unveil its most recent significant international purchase, Francesco (2017), a sculptural portrait by Urs Fischer of respected Italian art curator Francesco Bonami standing atop a refrigerator, looking intently at an iPhone in his hand. The sculpture is designed to be burnt: wicks are inserted at...

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Urs Fischer presents a dark domestic fairy tale at the Brant Foundation Related Press Urs Fischer presents a dark domestic fairy tale at the Brant Foundation The Architect's Newspaper : 28 May 2019

The Swiss artist Urs Fischer has returned to The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, which first presented a solo show of his work in 2010, with ERROR, a surreal landscape of sculptures, paintings, and a full-scale cabin—partially made of slowly moulding bread.

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NGA curator Jaklyn Babington on #askacurator and watching Francesco melt Related Press NGA curator Jaklyn Babington on #askacurator and watching Francesco melt Art Guide Australia : 21 May 2019

In March 2019, the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) acquired Urs Fischer’s four-metre red wax sculpture, Francesco (2017), for their permanent collection. With wicks running through its wax frame, Francesco is designed to be lit and slowly melted like a candle. Documenting Francesco’s decomposition via social media, the NGA recently conducted an...

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The Enigmatic and Ever-Playful Artist Urs Fischer Shows Us His Camera Roll Related Press The Enigmatic and Ever-Playful Artist Urs Fischer Shows Us His Camera Roll Interview Magazine : 25 April 2019

Among the white walls of the galleryverse, the artist Urs Fischer’s works are colourful, colossal, ever playful, and always a little enigmatic. From a towering bust of Katy Perry filled with modelling clay to a painting of Liz Taylor covered with a kiwi, Fischer infuses each of his projects with his signature dose of acrid humour and child-like...

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