• Post-War and Contemporary Art  auction at Christies

    Sale 1107

    Post-War and Contemporary Art (Day Auction)

    14 February 2013, London, King Street

  • Lot 128

    Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012)

    Wurzel (Root)

    Price Realised  


    Peter Fischli (b. 1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012)
    Wurzel (Root)
    cast synthetic rubber
    22 x 12¾ x 7½in. (56 x 32.5 x 18.4cm.)
    Executed in 1987, this work is from an edition of six

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    Another work from the edition is in the collection of Centre George Pompidou: Musée national d'art moderne, Paris.

    'We do take steps to show things in their true light. Which is also what makes it interesting: we don't want to be rid of it altogether, but we don't want to leave it as it is either. That's true of many of our works: we want to take things out of the niche where they belong and transport them somewhere else, but without denying their origins. It is about taking but also about giving back.'
    (P. Fischli, quoted in 'The Odd Couple', Frieze Magazine, Issue 102, October 2006, reproduced at: http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/the_odd_couple/)


    Skarstedt Fine Art, New York.
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2000.

    Pre-Lot Text



    'Fischli/Wess', in Parkett, vol. 17, Zurich 1988 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 32).
    Peter Fischli David Weiss, exh. cat., Paris, Centre Georges Pompidou: Musée national d'art moderne, 1992 (illustrated in colour, pp. 11 and 68).
    R. Fleck, B. Söntgen and A. Danto, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, London 2005 (another from the edition illustrated in colour, p. 129).
    R. Goldmann, Peter Fischli David Weiss. Ausflüge, Arbeiten, Ausstellungen. Ein offener Index, Cologne 2006 (another from the edition illustrated, p. 247).


    Frankfurt, Portikus, Peter Fischli David Weiss, 1988 (another from the edition exhibited, illustrated in colour, unpaged).
    Munich, Sammlung Goetz, Mike Kelley, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, 2000 (illustrated in colour, p. 103).
    Duren, Leopold Hösch Museum, Peter Fischli David Weiss, 2000-2001 (another from the edition exhibited).
    Odense, Kunsthalle Brandts Klaedefabrik, Peter Fischli & David Weiss: Major and Minor Questions. Works from the Goetz Collection., 2004 (illustrated in colour, p. 77). This exhibition later travelled to Bergen, Bergen Kunstmuseum.
    London, Sprüth Magers, Objects on Pedestals, 2009 (another from the edition exhibited).
    Munich, Sammlung Goetz, Peter Fischli, David Weiss, 2010 (installation view illustrated in colour, p.7; illustrated in colour, p. 62).