“Madame Fisscher”: Urs Fischer’s art on display in Venice till July, 15th

Visitors still have the chance to enjoy the exhibition by the German artist Urs Fischer, one of the many projects dedicated to a contemporary artist organized by Palazzo Grassi in Venice.

Madame Fisscher, this is the title of the exhibition, can be read according to several interpretations but don’t let visitors in indifference. If you’re around Venice in these days, visit the exhibition at least once, it’s worth it!

The exhibition is held in the hall and the 1st floor of Palazzo Grassi and there’s a series of movies chosen by the artist and a catalogue designed and published by the artist himself.

Who is Urs Fischer?

The artist was born in Zurich in 1973 and today he lives and works in both the United States (New York and Los Angeles) and Europe (Berlin and Zurich). Fischer’s interest lies with the everyday objects of our surroundings.

His production process is organic and experimental, proceeding through trial and error and embracing both construction and destruction.

Fischer resorts to different media, from sculpture to photography, drawing and painting, always with the goal of discovering and comparing new aspects of reality by presenting the viewer with contrasting, juxtaposed elements.

The artist wants that each work is interpreted and understood according to the interpretation of each spectator.

A curious fact: on the occasion, Urs Fischer asked students of the Accademia di Belle Arti to take part in a special workshop in the courtyard of their school. The small clay sculptures created by the students will dissolve over time, following the natural degradation process of the material. The works will be shown, until their complete destruction, at the Ex Ospedale degli Incurabili, Dorsoduro 423, Venice.

Our suggestion: have a look at the pictures on the official website of the many clay sculptures: they’re really cool and unusual!

The exhibition

Madame Fisscher (1999-2000) welcomes the visitor into a space that is both physical and internal. This is the artist’s former studio in London; its walls and contents, dismantled and reassembled like a theater décor, are rebuilt in detail, becoming a sculpture.

Also seemingly responding to the monumental, stunning Balloon Dog is Keep It Going Is a Private Thing (2001), a life-size mechanical dog wagging its tail.

Here we find some of Urs Fischer’s themes: the presence of animals, often domestic and the reliance on mechanical or kinetic devices, which we will find throughout the exhibition.

If you’re planning to go to Venice, we really suggest you to visit this unusual exhibition, you still have time till July, 15th.

Further information about Venice are available on Venice Tourist Guide: About Venice.

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