Magazine article Artforum International

Urs Fischer: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

Magazine article Artforum International

Urs Fischer: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi

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The Istituto dei Ciechi, the Institute of the Blind, is smack in the center of Milan. It was here that Swiss artist Urs Fischer chose to set his first solo exhibition in Italy (under the aegis of Fondazione Trussardi). The two grand spaces in the central portion of the nineteenth-century building--a large vaulted hall, which was on this occasion divided into two sections by the inclusion of a slightly raised platform area, and a former chapel with an apse--was an ideal setting for his two large installations Jet Set Lady, 2005, and House of Bread, 2004, and one small sculpture suspended in space, Untitled, 2000. The site enveloped the three pieces in an atmosphere somewhere between that of a church and a concert hall.

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Jet Set Lady, which filled the entrance to the first space, was created for the occasion. A gigantic iron tree with beams instead of branches, it has a welded pillar for a trunk and an iron plinth for roots. Scattered in orderly fashion on the floor around this fantastic plant were numerous framed digital prints of paintings and drawings, some computer-manipulated. The impression was that of a tree that had emerged almost magically from the depths of the earth--a metal oak laden not with acorns but with images, for these were not only on the floot but also distributed amid its "foliage," from the base to the top. Fischer's tree creates myriad suggestions, fantasies described by the drawings in its branches. …

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