Peter Fischli David Weiss
Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go)
Video, color, sound
Inside a warehouse, Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss built an enormous, precarious structure 100 feet long made out of common household items—tea kettles, tires, old shoes, balloons, wooden ramps, etc. Then, with fire, water, gravity and chemistry, they created a spectacular chain reaction, a self-destructing performance of physical interactions, chemical reactions, and precisely crafted chaos worthy of Rube Goldberg or Alfred Hitchcock.
"Among the most admired artworks of the late 20th century—enshrined in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection, emulated by TV ads, music videos and made-for-YouTube movies—and one of the headiest."
– J. Hoberman, The New York Times
Copyright Peter Fischli David Weiss, Zurich 2020
Courtesy Sprüth Magers, Matthew Marks Gallery New York and Los Angeles, Galerie Eva Presenhuber