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b. 1973, Switzerland

Urs Fischer Biography

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.

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Urs Fischer (b. 1973, Zurich) lives and works in New York. He has had solo shows throughout Europe and the United States, including those hosted by Kunsthaus Zürich (2004); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2004); The Modern Institute, Glasgow (2006); New Museum, New York (2009); The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut (2010–11); and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012). Fischer’s work has been included in numerous group shows, including the Venice Biennale (2003, 2005, and 2007) and The Third Mind—Carte blanche à Ugo Rondinone, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2007).

Urs Fischer Featured Artworks

Thinking about Störtebeker by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerThinking about Störtebeker, 2005Portfolio with 18 bound screenprints on transparent paper and 18 loose prints on Epson Enhance Matte Paper
110 x 360 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
40 Seconds Left by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs Fischer40 Seconds Left, 2000Acrylic and ink on paper in artist's frame
27.9 x 42 cm
Sadie Coles HQ Contact Gallery
Maybe by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerMaybe, 2018Two mechanical snails
13.3 x 5.5 x 6 cm
The Modern Institute Contact Gallery
One More Carrot Before I Brush My Teeth by Urs Fischer contemporary artwork
Urs FischerOne More Carrot Before I Brush My Teeth, 2001Wood, polystyrene, polyurethane foam, particleboard, glass, latex paint, silicone, pencil, spray adhesive, screws, dust and glue
130 x 81 x 90 cm
Hauser & Wirth Contact Gallery

Urs Fischer Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Urs Fischer, Leo at Gagosian, Paris
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14 October–20 December 2019 Urs Fischer Leo GagosianParis

Urs Fischer Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong

Urs Fischer In Related Press

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

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 28 May 2019, The Architect's Newspaper

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 21 May 2019, Art Guide Australia

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...

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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 25 April 2019, Interview Magazine

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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