Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Le Case D'Arte

A heart (Cuore), a fluted wax candle (Candela), a small wall (Muro), a piece of twisted and broken branch (Ramo), a dog’s dish (Ciotola per cani), some men’s toiletry items (Oggetti da toeletta), a truck (Carro), the landscape of an alpine valley with agricultural-industrial settlements (Paesaggio), a leather ottoman (Puf marocchino), a car (Macchina), a vase (Vaso), a small, posed, naked woman (Donna), a chalet (Casa), a crow (Uccello)—all of them black-rubber artifacts that represent, in the words of the artists, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, “the average life of Swiss man.” These sculptures, all from 1986–87, are the iconic fragments of a collective imagination that the Föhn—the hot wind that blows north of the Alps, which makes people crazy and causes buds to flower prematurely and larvae to emerge from their protective places—seems to have extracted and materialized from the apparently

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