A question of stability

Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock

Rock on Top of Another Rock (2010/13) was the first public sculpture by Swiss artists Fischli/Weiss to be commissioned in the UK.

7 Mar 2013 to 30 Sep 2014
Serpentine Gallery / Exhibition
Admission Free

This work by Fischli/Weiss, situated near the entrance to the Serpentine Gallery, comprised two large granite boulders seemingly balanced one on top of the other. Standing approximately 5.5 metres high, Fischli/Weiss's deceptively simple gesture was incongruous and startling, and yet also in tune with its site. Rock on Top of Another Rock oscillated between stability and instability, construction and destruction.

Like many of the artists' best-known works, including the Equilibres/Quiet Afternoon photographs displayed in the Sackler Centre of Arts Education at the Serpentine Gallery from 8 March - 7 April 2013, the rocks are imbued with the artists' unmistakable wit and serious sense of the absurd. A parallel project, commissioned by the National Tourist Routes in Norway, saw two boulders installed in the Norwegian countryside along the Valdresflya tourist route.

'In Norway and here, to put one rock on top of another rock in the wilderness is the first thing you do if you want to make a mark. When you walk and you want to find your way back... you make this mark. It is a very archaic, simple thing, but it is referencing the [Robert] Venturi duck. We wanted to make something that forces you to stop your car and get out to take a photograph' - Peter Fischli 

The installation in Kensington Gardens was organised by the Serpentine Gallery in collaboration with The Royal Parks and Modus Operandi.

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Swiss Arts Council Prohelvetia

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Fischli/Weiss
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Title of work
Rock on Top of Another Rock, 2013
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2013

Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (8 March 2013 - 30 September 2014)

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Hans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with Peter Fischli

Friday, 28th June 2013

Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation with Peter FischliSaturday 13th October 2012

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Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (7 March 2013 - 30 September 2014)

Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock 7 Mar 2013 to 30 Sep 2014 at Serpentine Gallery

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