Peter Fischli / David Weiss

image coming soon

Haus [House]

1987

Outdoor sculpture in wood, plexiglas, painted

350 x 570 x 410 cm, Scale 1:5

 

Location

Von-Steuben-Straße, on an unbuilt plot of land (now Von-Steuben-Straße 5).

Temporary installation for the duration of Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987

Peter Fischli / David Weiss

* 1952 in Zürich, Switzerland

lives and works in Zürich

 

* 1946 in Zürich, Switzerland

† 2012 in Zürich

On a busy thoroughfare not far from Münster station the Swiss artist duo Peter Fischli and David Weiss constructed a house as their contribution to Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987. Their built architectural vision fully corresponded with the surrounding buildings and radiated the typical charm of modernist post-war functionalist architecture. With its all-over grey concrete surfaces and painted plexiglas façades this 1:5 miniaturised replica of a four-storey office block blended perfectly into its surroundings. The reproduction showed a particular type of building in full detail, with commercial premises, offices and main entrance on the street side, and a goods lift and loading bay at the back. The empty site between the former cinema and a snack bar offered a suitably unspectacular location for the project.

The project’s form was determined not by the pathos of contemporary free-standing buildings but by the surface appearance of so-called “modern life”. As such, Haus as a place of work was representative of our everyday environment. Conceived as a “miniaturised image of middle-class power and display of splendour”1, it also manifested architecture’s shift in meaning. Fischli and Weiss were making an ironic reference to the paragon character of Münster in the post-war reconstruction of its historic townscape.

Beate Pittnauer

Peter Fischli and David Weiss, “Das Haus”, in: Klaus Bußmann and Kasper König (eds.), Skulptur Projekte in Münster 1987, exhib. cat. Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Cologne, 1987, 88.

Location

  • Still existing
  • Removed

Other Participation

This artist also participated in: 1997