Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (b. 1946, d. 2012) have worked as an artistic team, always with a healthy dash of self-irony and humour, since 1979, and they are among the most influential contemporary artists in the multi-media field in Switzerland. The two Zurichers first attracted international notice at documenta 8 in 1987 with their film Der Lauf der Dinge. Garden is one of a series of Concrete Landscapes, of which the first, smaller, versions appeared in 1984. With their somehow crude and archaic feel, these landscapes seem to have been exposed to erosion since the dawn of time, and yet the material is a modern one, which - to the great delight of the artists - merely has to be left in a raw, untreated state to look so old.
Peter Fischli / David Weiss
Courtesy Monika Sprüth / Philomene Magers, Köln / London
© Stiftung Skulpturenpark Köln, 2015, Photo: Axel Schneider, Frankfurt am Main