The Way Things Go: An Homage
Peter Fischli and David Weiss

  • Arrow Aug 12 2017 - Oct 15 2017

Featured work by Aideen Barry | Hannah Fitz | Atsushi Kaga | Nevan Lahart | Maggie Madden | Jonathan Mayhew | Caroline McCarthy | Isabel Nolan | Liam O’Callaghan.

The Butler Gallery, in association with Kilkenny Arts Festival, presented the influential film The Way Things Go (1987), by world-renowned Swiss artists Peter Fischli (b.1952) and David Weiss (1946-2012). This thirty-minute film was shot in a stark warehouse where automobile tires, garbage bags, and plastic water jugs take centre stage, rolling, twisting, and exploding in what seems to be an unstoppable chain of motion, both simple and complex. The film displays a forensic attention to detail, wherein Fischli and Weiss’s devotion to detritus injects a burst of humour into the seriousness of the art world.

In honour of the 30th anniversary of the making of The Way Things Go, a group of artists were commissioned to make a new work in homage to this important film. These include Aideen Barry, Hannah Fitz, Atsushi Kaga, Nevan Lahart, Jonathan Mayhew and Caroline McCarthy. Also included was work by artists who have a particular sympathy with, or relationship to, The Way Things Go. These included works by Maggie Madden, Isabel Nolan and Liam O’Callaghan. All of these artists have acknowledged the importance and influence of the work of Fischli and Weiss on their individual art practice, and have created works in a variety of media that pays tribute to one of the truly inventive and memorable works of art produced in the late-twentieth century.

With thanks to the Arts Council for essential annual funding and to the OPW and the Department of Social Protection. Thanks are extended to the additional exhibition supporters: Kilkenny Arts Festival, Pro Helvetia the Swiss Arts Council, OPW and Kilkenny County Council Festival and Events Assistance Scheme 2017.

More Information

More Past Exhibitions

Art in Your Inbox

Receive our monthly email newsletter and get all the latest Butler Gallery news, including event and exhibition updates.

Clock Icon Opening Hours

COVID - 19 update December 23rd, 2020
Butler Gallery is currently closed to the public.

Tuesday – Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursdays Late Night 10am – 8pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm
Closed Mondays except bank holidays