The work of Peter Fischli and David Weiss does not escape the Platonic paradigm of art being imitation of reality. They acknowledge it and play with a system of values addressing the duality of concepts like reality and fiction. The retrospective at the Guggenheim literally escalates to a point where art is nothing more than imitation: the top floor displays objects made of polyurethane that are perfect reproductions of real objects.
The artists make use of humor in the videos, photographs and sculptures. The exhibition implies the duo was committed to constructing an epic and farcical attempt to capture reality in its entirety, which can be understood through the series of small sculptures representing everyday situations in a lifetime. This show successfully conveys a strange sense of the unreal especially because the final sculptures appear to replicate reality but are all entirely made of rubber. The eye is fooled, the work almost demands you touch it as the senses are struck by curiosity.