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Peter Fischli David Weiss

Der Lauf der Dinge (The Way Things Go)

1987

Video, color, sound

29:40min

 

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