Peter Fischli & David Weiss, ‘Wurzel (Root)’, Christie's

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

Wurzel (Root)

cast rubber

17 1/2 x 21 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (44.4 x 54.6 x 19 cm.)

Executed in 1987. This work is from an edition of six.

Signature: Wurzel (Root)

Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d'art contemporain and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Collection Sonnabend: 25 Années de Choix et d'Activités d'Ileana et Michael Sonnabend, May 1988-February 1989, p. 317 (illustrated in color).

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Sammlung Sonnabend: Von der Pop-art bis heute Amerikanische und europäische Kunst seit 1954, February-May 1996, p. 145 (illustrated in color).

Saratoga Springs, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College; Columbus, Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University and Milwaukee Art Museum, From Pop to Now: Selections from the Sonnabend Collection, June 2002-May 2003, p. 79 (illustrated in color).

R. Fleck, B. Söntgen and A. C. Danto, eds., Peter Fischli David Weiss, London and New York, 2005, pp. 128-129 (illustrated).

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