Louis Vuitton has just unveiled a capsule collection designed by the artist Urs Fischer : a monogram revisited in sketch version, initials flocked in red and black – madly creative pieces that astonish, seduce and give us the opportunity to look back at the career of this artist who, although still young, is a recognized star in the art world.
Born in Switzerland, Urs Fischer now lives and works in New York. After studying photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Zurich, he continued his training at the De Ateliers Institute in Amsterdam and then at the Delfina Studio Trust in London. Fascinated by film, he began his career working with images, then turned to sculpture and drawing, often creating works with his phone, producing an offbeat, almost absurd and ironic style that quickly established his reputation as a key figure in the world of contemporary art.
Provoking and exuberant, Urs Fischer creates a heterogeneous universe where characters, contemporary objects and popular imagination mix, feeding his works with multiple references to pop art, surrealism and neo-dada, a movement close to dadaism. While contemporary art seems to him dominated by rules and restrictions, Urs Fischer has a deeply personal approach, which is both paradoxical and playful.
Through his work, he invites us to think about space differently and upsets our traditional approach to things. An unpredictable artist, he travels with ease between disciplines and materials. From metal to wax, water, green plants and silicone, he explores the infinite possibilities of a variety of materials, often with a limited lifespan, reflecting time and its variations, exploring art in a subversive way, with a desire to immortalize the finitude and inevitable change of things. Among his most audacious works are his chalets made of loaves of bread, his life-size wax statues with a wick that gradually burns out, and his interpretation of Rodin’s Kiss, exhibited in London in 2018, made with modeling clay that the curious and daring were allowed to touch and even deform. All these large-scale installations and reproductions of different environments, such as the one in his studio, give visitors the opportunity to experience the creative process.
Over the years, Urs Fischer’s work has earned him an international reputation and has been exhibited in major institutions around the world : at the Centre Pompidou in 2004, at the Venice Biennale in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Palazzo Grassi in Venice in 2013.