Urs Fischer Comes to MOCA

Apr 11, 2013 7:34PM

A Swiss chalet is built entirely of bread; a Bakelite lamp protrudes from the head of a giant teddy bear; a skeleton lies slumped on an ordinary park bench; a wax candle version of Giambologna’s The Rape of the Sabine Women slowly melts: combining elements of Pop, Surrealism and Dada, Swiss-born artist Urs Fischer produces works that exist where the banal meets the fantastical, confronting the limits of medium while revelling in and reflecting upon contemporary, and more recently, antique culture. 

The first major retrospective of Fischer’s work opens in Los Angeles this spring, featuring drawings, collages and sculpture from the last decade. Occupying an impressive 65,000 square feet, the show allows for a full appreciation of Fischer’s sculpture especially, a facet of his practice that exemplifies his remarkably experimental approach. This is an artist whose work New York Magazine’s Jerry Saltz once said “percolates with uncanny destructiveness, operatic uncontrollability, and barbaric sculptural power.”

The Museum of Contemporary Art
21 April–19 August | www.moca.org