Ehre, Mut und Zuversicht ( Honor, Courage and Confidence) from the portfolio "Stiller Nachmittag (The Quiet Afternoon)

Peter Fischli (Swiss, born in 1952), David Weiss (Swiss, born in 1946)


Sheet: 40.64 x 30.48 cm (16 x 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Photograph, resin-coated gelatin silver print (from an edition of 3)

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Photography



Peter Fischli and David Weiss are Swiss artists who have collaborated on a variety of sculpture, film, and photography projects since 1979. Their Stiller Nachmittag (Quiet Afternoon) series consists of groupings of precariously balanced objects that the two men carefully arranged and then photographed in an intentionally deadpan style. The unlikely combination of unrelated everyday items in this image-a metal pipe, a piece of wood, a saw, and a bottle of wine-appear to be in a strange state of disequilibrium, brightly lit and teetering on the verge of collapse. Their artificial juxtaposition seems alternately unsettling and funny, calling into question our faith in the documentary “truth” of photography.


Thomas Segal Gallery, Boston; purchased April 1989.

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund


© Peter Fischli / David Weiss, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York.