Glasgow International 2020

Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer (b.1973, Zürich, Switzerland) lives and works in New York, USA. Exhibiting his works since the late 1990s, Fischer’s expansive and multi-faceted practice addresses notions of space and scale, interior and exterior, eternity and transience, violence and humour, illusion and reality. Through his exhibitions and installations, Fischer draws an enquiry with the history of art, the concept of time and process, and the status of the object. His exhibitions allow the viewer to step into an all over space and become immersed in a spatial and temporal experience.

Major solo exhibitions include: ‘Urs Fischer: The Public & the Private’, Legion of Honor, San Francisco (2017); ‘All Ages’, Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016); ‘False Friends’, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva (2016); MOCA, Los Angeles (2013); ‘Madame Fisscher’, Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012); and ‘Skinny Sunrise’, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2012). ‘Oscar and the Crouch’, The Brant Foundation, Greenwich CT (2010); ‘Marguerite de Ponty’, New Museum, New York (2009); ‘Not My House Not My Fire’, Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2004); and ‘Kir Royal’, Kunsthaus Zürich (2004).

Fischer’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions worldwide including the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007, and 2011, and the Whitney Biennale in 2006, as well as those at: Hamburger Banhof, Berlin; The Hayward Gallery, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; PS1, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; and Kunsthalle Zürich.

Urs Fischer



The Modern Institute presents an exhibition of new work by Urs Fischer, spanning across the Aird’s Lane gallery space and adjacent Bricks Space.

Fischer’s multi-faceted practice explores and extends the possibilities of sculpture, painting and image production. Drawing on Western art history and popular culture, he continuously re-adjusts the techniques and processes underlying the creation of artworks and the ways in which they are received.

His twist on ‘the real’ resonates with movements such as Pop, Dada and Surrealism, all of which similarly toyed with the found image and the everyday object to create new and unanticipated combinations. Building ideas of time, process and transience into his works, his installations often create uncanny and illusory environments.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri, 10am-6pm
Thu, 10am-8pm
Sat & Sun, 12pm-5pm

Tue 8 – Sat 26 May
Thu – Sat, 12pm-5pm, or by appointment


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