Tobias Spichtig


On the occasion of FADE IN 2: EXT. MODERNIST HOME – NIGHT, Tobias Spichtig has developed a newly commissioned sculpture in the pool of the Gallery-Legacy Čolaković, titled Heiner Müller. Building upon the hyper-stylized imagery of French filmmaker Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958), Spichtig has constructed a dragon (alluding to the fish-shaped fountain we see in the film) that both urinates and emits flames. The symbol of the dragon is at once universal and abstract, though simultaneously divisive; according to Spichtig: “children love it, saints killed it.” Accounting for his reverence for two writers whose names have a phonetic equivalence, and in accordance with sequential spirit of FADE IN 2, Spichtig is expanding this sculptural inquiry with another sculpture, titled Henry Miller.


Tobias Spichtig (1982, Switzerland) lives and works between Berlin, Germany, and Zürich, Switzerland. He has exhibited his work in solo and group shows, including: Subtitles for Footnotes, Galerie Bernhard, Zürich, Switzerland (2020); Pretty Fine, CFA, Berlin, Germany (2020); Hi is Just Another Word for Hello, Kaleidoscope, Spazio Maiocchi, Milan, Italy (2020); Love and Die, Centre d’Art Contemporain – La Synagogue de Delme, Delme, France (2019); Fridge & Mind Again, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland (2019); SPRING, Deborah Schamoni, Munich, Germany (2019); Im Afraid I Dont Know How to Explain All This, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2019); Das Böse im Dunkeln, Freehouse, London, UK (2018); Total Hell, Waldo, Rockport, Texas, USA (2018); Long Stories, Jan Kaps, Cologne, Germany (2018); Fridge and Mind, Malta Contemporary Art, Valetta, Malta (2018), Die Matratzen, Georg Kargl, Vienna (2017); Body and Ghost, Malta Contemporary, Valetta, Malta (2017); Like Deadlines in Heaven, Galerie Bernhard, Zürich, Switzerland (2016); Daily Business, LambdaLambdaLambda, Pristina, Kosovo (2015); Backdrops for Primitives, Michael Thibault Gallery, Los Angeles, USA; I Pledge Allegiance, On Stellar Rays, New York, USA (2016); Parapet / Real Humans, P4s, Los Angeles (2016); and Tbilisi 16, Kunsthalle Zürich, Tbilisi, Georgia (2016).