Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private at The Legion of Honor
In recognition of the centenary installation for Auguste Rodin, the Legion of Honor has invited artist Urs Fischer to display more than 30 new and existing works in dialogue with the museum's extensive Rodin sculpture collection. Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private is on view April 22 to July 2, 2017.
From the start of his career, Fischer has explored the extremes of materials to introduce the dimension of time, weaving a sense of mortality into his sculptures and installations. Whether constructed with perishable materials such as cut fruit and vegetables; having skeletons perform absurd tasks in domestic environments; or creating life-size wax candles, Fischer's work recalls temporary existence.
About the Exhibit
Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private brings a contemporary perspective to today's understanding of Rodin's work and legacy. Installations explore a shared interest in mortality, a dimension of Rodin's work that often remains under-appreciated yet haunts his work on historical figures, such as The Burghers of Calais and Dante's Inferno.
More than 30 works of Fischer's will be on display throughout the Court of Honor, rotunda, and upper-level galleries of the museum. Specific works include the bronze sculptures boy in chair (2014) and fireplace (2014), paired with Rodin's The Thinker; and Adam (2014-17), an eight-foot tall wax figure installed with Rodin's Eve in the Gates of Hell (1880-1917) gallery.
Additional highlights of Fischer's on display include the cast bronze and stainless steel Snail Crossing Helmet (2016), the glass, ceramic and silicone sculpture of stand-alone eyes Dazzled (2016), and a comment on the transience of life in Invisible Mother (2015).
This exhibition is the first part of a new contemporary art initiative, presenting the work of living artists in dialogue with the collections and features of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
The Legion of Honor is located high in the headlands in Lincoln Park, with breathtaking overlooks to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. Entrance to Urs Fischer: The Public & The Private is included with general admission, which can be purchased on-site or online.
Groups of 10 or more may be eligible for special pricing and tours. For more information, please visit Group Sales at the Legion of Honor.