12. Fischli/Weiss: How to Work Better at the Guggenheim Museum

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, often shortened to Fischli/Weiss, began their artistic collaboration in 1979, and were among the most renowned contemporary artists in Switzerland. Some of their best known collaborative works are “The Way Things Go,” “Rat and Bear,” “Suddenly This Overview,” and “Question,” which is what they did best – probe ideas of dualistic thinking, and question everything. In February, the Guggenheim Museum will present Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better, a comprehensive survey of their thirty-three year artistic partnership. On view will be more than three-hundred sculptures, photographs, slide projections and videos giving the viewer an intimate look into their dynamic collaboration. While this project was planned to be presented by both Fischli and Weiss, David Weiss passed away in 2012. Peter Fischli continues to live and work in Zurich.

To coincide with this exhibit at the Guggenheim, there will be two other public projects in New York. Times Square Arts and the Midnight Moment Program will present Busi (Kitty) (2001), the video of a cat drinking milk, every night at 11:57 pm during the month of February. In addition, The Public Art Fund will show the artists’ text-based monument to labor, How to Work Better (1991), as a wall mural at Houston and Mott Streets. This is the first time the mural will be shown outside its original installation as a mural in Zurich, and will be on view from February 5 through May 1, 2016.