Peter Fischli and David Weiss - 21 Questions, Stool 60 - 202121 Questions (2021) is the second in an ongoing series of artist customisations of the iconic Stool 60, designed in 1933 by Artek co-founder Alvar Aalto. This new edition of only 252 follows Barbara Kruger’s 2019 Untitled (Kiss), which sold out its edition of 600 within weeks of its launch.
‘Since our first solo show in London at the ICA, I always went back to this great place for seeing shows, watching a film programme, buying a book or two or having a good British version of a cappuccino. Of course, making an edition for supporting this outstanding institution was a great pleasure and honour. I hope people will like it.’
21 Questions pairs the timeless stool with a bespoke T-shirt whose labels features 21 selected excerpts from David and Peter's Questions, which was awarded the Golden Lion at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003.
‘I recalled Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s work Questions (2002–3) during, I believe, the first lockdown, while trying to find an idiom for how we feel in such moments of deep existential crisis: daydreams triggered by seemingly banal questions that drift into the abyss of our own existence, like “What does my soul do when I am at work?” or “Can everything be thought?” Questions that on one hand seem to trace different schools of philosophical thought, and on the other epitomise the fragile delineations between sense and nonsense, life and afterlife. For me, this ICA × Artek edition by Peter Fischli and David Weiss is personal: not only because it speaks to the rupture of the past months, but also because a black T-shirt over an empty modernist stool is also a nod to a lost friend, to the lost lives of the past year and what we might learn from it.’
Medium: Alvar Aalto Artek stool with Bespoke cotton t-shirt with woven label and temporary hem.
Edition: 21 different questions each in an edition of 12 (together only 252)
Underside of stool – sticker of question hand-signed and numbered by Peter Fischli
Signed photographic certificate.
This limited edition will be available from July 1st at 10am GMT from ICA London.