Peter Fischli and David Weiss

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)

Though articulated around a single new work, Món visible (Visible world), 2000, Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s MACBA exhibition of the same name took on a selectively retrospective character. Indeed, the imposing centerpiece (realized in an edition of three and shown simultaneously at ARC Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris) acted as a survey in itself: Fourteen vitrine-like light-box tables lined up in the dark displayed 2,800 slides taken by the duo since 1987, images recalling stock tourist snapshots that range from sunsets to farm animals to the Sphinx.

This show, the artists’ first in Barcelona (their previous Spanish retrospective was a decade ago at the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern), reminded us just how resistant Fischli and Weiss’s work is to programmatic interpretation: Indeed, it is the work’s elusiveness that occasions a measure of disquiet in not only the museum-going

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