Peter Fischli / David Weiss

Installation view 1987 © Peter Fischli, David Weiß, Zürich 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

Installation view 1987 © Peter Fischli, David Weiß, Zürich 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

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

 

On the occasion of the retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better (2016) the artwork was recreated in durable material (aluminium, mineral paint). As of May 2018 the new version of Haus has been permanently installed in front of the cycle-racing track Offene Rennbahn in Zürich-Oerlikon.

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

Installation view 1987 © Peter Fischli, David Weiß, Zürich 2017. Courtesy: Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery, Galerie Eva Presenhuber. Photo: LWL / Rudolf Wakonigg

Peter Fischli / David Weiss
Haus [House]

None

  • Still existing / Public Collection
  • Removed
  • In the museum

Other Participation

This artist also participated in: 1997