Peter Fischli & David Weiss, ‘Ben Hur’, Christie's

Peter Fischli (b. 1952) & David Weiss (1946-2012)

Ben Hur

signed, numbered and dated 'Davis Fischli 3/3 1985' (on the reverse)

gelatin silver print

12 x 16 in. (30.4 x 40.6 cm.)

Executed in 1985. This work is number three from an edition of three.

Signature: signed, numbered and dated 'Davis Fischli 3/3 1985' (on the reverse)

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

About Peter Fischli & David Weiss

Peter Fischli and David Weiss collaborated on projects that variously combined, rearranged, and manipulated quotidian experiences into unexpected configurations across mediums. Executed in sculpture, film, and photography—and combinations thereof—the duo's work conveniently and playfully avoided any distinction between high and low art and materials. Their practice is best known—and perhaps best exemplified—by the film The Way Things Go (1987), for which the pair orchestrated a series of improbable Rube Goldberg-esque arrangements of household objects and studio detritus, documenting the mechanisms in their whimsical unfolding.

Swiss, 1952 and 1946 - 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, based in Zurich, Switzerland

Group Shows

2014
2012
Le Consortium, 
Dijon, France,
The World as Will and Wallpaper
2006
Museum Moderner Kunst, 
Passau, Germany,
Artists for Tichy - Tichy for Artists
2000
Project Arts Centre, 
Dublin, Ireland,
Somewhere near Vada
1984
Museum of Modern Art, 
New York, NY, USA,
An International Survey of Recent Painting and Scultpure

Fair History on Artsy

2013
Mireille Mosler Ltd. at Armory Show 2013