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A project by URS FISCHER
Curated by Massimiliano Gioni

May 3rd - June 1st, 2005

In the monumental space of the Istituto dei Ciechi in Via Vivaio in Milan, from May 3rd through June 1st, 2005, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi presents JET SET LADY, the first solo exhibition in Italy of Swiss artist Urs Fischer.

Urs Fischer has built through his sculptures and installations an infinite anthology of mutations which modify the surface and structures of everyday objects. Urs Fischer's world is animated by an endless production of distorted images, twisted, folkloric dreams and corroded sculptures: like hypertrophic three-dimensional cartoon strips, Fischer's works describe an imaginary world in constant development, at times escaping even the control of the artist himself.

Urs Fischer domesticates materials such as wood, metal, glue, wax, Styrofoam, and plastic; he transforms chairs, tables, fruit and vegetables into precarious assemblages. In his hands, objects become surreal visual tales. From the wax women presented in London - constantly changing sculptures which melt during the exhibition - to the spectacular storm of the 'Kir Royal' exhibition at the Zurich Kunsthaus, Urs Fischer's vignettes are permanent metamorphoses: they are still lives animated by a raw energy.

Tinkering with common objects, and fidgeting with banality, Urs Fischer attacks and wears down daily life. He is an alchemist, a magician of substances: his universe is suspended between art history and underground culture, flirting with punk aesthetics as much as quoting and subverting classical sculptural languages.

For his first solo exhibition in Italy with Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Urs Fischer picks the Istituto dei Ciechi (The Institute for The Blind) in Via Vivaio. This prestigious building is an architectural complex of great historical interest: for more than a century, the citizens of Milan have admired its frescoed halls, never before opened to the public for a contemporary art exhibition.

In the Istituto dei Ciechi, Urs Fischer presents JET SET LADY, a compendium of his own production. A unique overview of his entire collection of images and drawings, JET SET LADY is a parade of contemporary vanitas, for a new street-baroque.

Urs Fischer (1973) lives and works in Zurich. He has had solo exhibitions in a number of international institutions including Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; ICA, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The Camden Arts Centre in London (2005) and the Boijmans Museum in Rotterdam (2006) are both currently preparing future solo shows. Urs Fischer's installations have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious group exhibitions and biennials worldwide. Among them: Venice Biennale; Manifesta 3, Ljubljana and Monument To Now, Athens.

Artist: Urs Fischer
Title: Jet Set Lady
At: Istituto dei Ciechi Via Vivaio, 7 Milan, Italy
Dates: From May 3rd until June 1st,2005
Opening hours: from 10am to 8pm. Opened everyday
Entrance: free

Curated by: Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director Fondazione Nicola Trussardi Press preview: May 3rd, 2005 Istituto dei Ciechi, at 11:30am
Opening: May 3rd, 2005 Istituto dei Ciechi, at 6:30pm


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