Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zürich, in Switzerland; he lives and works in New York.
Working in collage, drawing, sculpture, and most notably installation, Urs Fischer is known worldwide for large-scale sculptures and installations that explore a wide range of materials from popular culture, focusing on making objects borrowed from everyday life. “Everybody likes objects; everybody likes different objects,” he has said. “It comes down to what objects you want to put in your art.” One of Fischer’s primary interests is the spontaneous process of creating and destroying materials. Whether utilizing foodstuffs or more self–destructive mediums, such as soft wax that simply melts away, Fischer mines the endless possibilities of a particular material to introduce an additional dimension into the work: that of time.
His solo shows include: The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich (2019); Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco (2017); Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, Arles (2016); Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (2016); DESTE Foundation Project Space, Hydra (2013); The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2013); Palazzo Grassi, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice (2012); Kunsthalle, Wien (2012); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (2009).
His group shows include: Punta della Dogana, Venice (2018); Aïshti Foundation, Beirut (2016); LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura, Lugano (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); The Met Breuer, New York (2016); Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel (2016); Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2016, 2015, 2013); Triennale di Milano, Milan (2015); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015, 2012); 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2013); Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao (2012); the Venice Biennial, Venice (2011, 2007, 2003) MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York (2009); the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2006).