Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen

The 150 small color photographs in this show focus the viewer’s attention on questions about kitsch, clichés, triteness—the kind of questions that are ubiquitous in today’s art. The two prefabricated closets cast in black rubber are also linked to these issues, but they undermine the surface banality as a problem by alluding to closed, hidden, inaccessible things. Yet these works are obviously lacking “art.” This absence is intrinsic in the entire oeuvre of Peter Fischli and David Weiss, just as their fondness for irony and ambivalence in various media, including film, is well known. As a basic esthetic pattern, their artlessness follows its own structure. It always aims at turning the artwork into an object of everyday cultural reality.

To a degree, the photographs—banal views of buildings, streets, objects, landscapes, or even monuments like the Sphinx or the Pyramids—constitute a pictorial

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