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Urs Fischer

Swiss, b. 1973

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Urs Fischer

Swiss, b. 1973

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When featuring him in their 2006 Biennial, the Whitney Museum described Urs Fischer’s practice as “founded on a consideration of the nature of substances, the act of making, and the unpredictable processes that can result from combining the two.” Working in collage, drawing, sculpture, and most notably installation, Fischer transforms a host of materials to create his forms, from wood, clay, and glass to found objects, food, and wax. “Everybody likes objects; everybody likes different objects,” he has said. “It comes down to what objects you want to put in your art.” Fischer deliberately references art historical traditions like still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, but questions—and sometimes destroys—their authority through the use of impermanent materials. Some of his best known works include Untitled (Bread House) (2004), a Swiss chalet reconstructed in bread, and the hand-sculpted wax female nudes he melted as part of his “Kir Royal” exhibition.

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$7m, Christie's, 2011
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New Museum, and 4 more
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Centre Pompidou, and 5 more
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Brant Foundation
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Artforum, and 6 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Biography

When featuring him in their 2006 Biennial, the Whitney Museum described Urs Fischer’s practice as “founded on a consideration of the nature of substances, the act of making, and the unpredictable processes that can result from combining the two.” Working in collage, drawing, sculpture, and most notably installation, Fischer transforms a host of materials to create his forms, from wood, clay, and glass to found objects, food, and wax. “Everybody likes objects; everybody likes different objects,” he has said. “It comes down to what objects you want to put in your art.” Fischer deliberately references art historical traditions like still lifes, portraits, and landscapes, but questions—and sometimes destroys—their authority through the use of impermanent materials. Some of his best known works include Untitled (Bread House) (2004), a Swiss chalet reconstructed in bread, and the hand-sculpted wax female nudes he melted as part of his “Kir Royal” exhibition.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Auction
High auction record
$7m, Christie's, 2011
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum, and 4 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 5 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Brant Foundation
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 6 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 5 more
Articles Featuring Urs Fischer
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The Glamorous Chinese Restaurant That’s Served the Art World for 50 Years
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Oct 1st, 2018
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Dec 8th, 2017
From Keith Haring to Kara Walker, 10 Artists Who Designed Album Covers
8 Artworks That Self-Destruct
Jun 14th, 2017
8 Artworks That Self-Destruct
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