Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Restricted Access (SIA Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art Business

First Advisor

Agnes Berecz

Second Advisor

Judith Prowda


Urs Fischer, a contemporary artist, started his career in Zurich, Switzerland where he was born to two doctors on May 2nd of 1973. He formally studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel, Switzerland. During his time at university, he worked as a bouncer at nightclubs to support himself, before moving to Amsterdam at the young age of nineteen. Only three years later in 1996, he had his first solo gallery show at Galerie Walcheturm in Zurich. Having lived in London, Los Angeles, and Berlin, Fischer settled down in New York City where he now lives and works, and at one time shared a studio with his dear friend and fellow artist Rudolf Stingel. Through large-scale installations, he deploys conceptual illusions and alike in contrast with found objects or that which is often familiar to the viewer in order to explore themes of the ephemeral, human perception, and beyond.