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Fischli/Weiss: Rock on Top of Another Rock Exhibition

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serpentin gallery, fischli/Weiss, 'Rock on Top of Another Rock', 2012
'Rock on Top of Another Rock', 2012

The Swiss artists, Peter Fischli and David Weiss are presenting their work in the UK for the first time. Their year long exhibition, Rock on Top of Another Rock, will be available to see at Kensington Garden between the 7th March 2013 - 6th March 2014.

Fischili explained that in Norway, people in the wilderness will create markers to help them find their way. These markers involve putting rocks on top of one another, and that is where the idea came about.

Balancing two colossal rocks precariously on top of on another creates something of a spectacle; the gravity defying sculptures are designed to make you get out of the car and take photograph.

Although the two glacial igneous granite boulders are an unusual sight, they are not completely unknown to Britain, as many similar structures have been built before; they are indeed, somewhat of the ancient monument, Stonehenge in Wiltshire. But while Stonehenge is very much a ceremonial site, Fischili and Weiss wanted their exhibition to be ironic in its depiction of these absurd constructions.

The artists have collaborated together since 1979, and have worked on a similar project called Equilibres/Quiet Afternoon in 1984, which shows a series of photographed objects balancing on one another is a similar way.

After David Weiss passed away in 2012, a unique partnership came to an end, but this installation, commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery, provides a fitting commemoration to their work. To learn more about the artists, you can attend An Evening with Peter Fischili at 7pm on the 2nd April 2013. He will give a talk on the history of the use of stone and rock in art. The talk will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and tickets are 9 or 6 concessions. You can book them by calling 44 (0) 207 942 2211.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: 7th March 2013 - 6th March 2014
Phone: 44 (0) 207 942 2211
Where: Kensington Gardens
Cost: Free exhibit, 9 talk
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