Daniel and Geo Fuchs

Live and work in Germany.

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Batman I, 2004, C-Print, Diasec, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Batman I, 2004, C-Print, Diasec, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

Selected solo exhibitions
2011
KUNSTHALLEwien project wall, Vienna, Austria,
“TOYGIANTS @ Outer Space – within the scope of the
exhibition: OUTER SPACE. Art and a dream
2010
ARTITLED! Contemporary Art, Herpen, The Netherlands,
“Forest”
Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France, “Daniel & Geo Fuchs”
ADN Galeria Barcelona, Spain, “FORCES”
Young Gallery Knokke, Belgium, “new works”
2009
Museo de Bellas Artes Santander, “STASI – secret rooms”
Young Gallery, Brussels, “Toygiants”
2008
FOAM Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, “STASI – secret rooms”
Stiftung Starke, Löwenpalais Grunewald Berlin, “in liquid”
Galerie Clairefontaine Luxemburg, “Toygiants and STASI –
secret rooms”
Kunsthaus Centre PasquArt / Photoforum Biel, “STASI – secret
rooms”
Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, “Toygiants”
2007
ADN Galeria Barcelona, “works of a decade”
Galerie Le Lieu, Lorient, “Stasi – secret rooms”
Galerie dix9, Paris, “Stasi – secret rooms”
Artempus, Düsseldorf, “Toygiants”
Gedenkstätte Deutsche Teilung Marienborn, “Stasi – secret
rooms”
Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, “Stasi– secret rooms”
2006
Museum Villa Stuck, München, “Toys”
Museum Villa Stuck, München, “Stasi – secret rooms”
Zeitgeschichtliches Forum, Leipzig, “Stasi – secret rooms”
Städtische Galerie, Neunkirchen, “Stasi – secret rooms”
Monographs
“Toygiants – silver Edition”, Gingko Press, 2008
“Toygiants”, Verlag für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2007
“Luxemburger Portraits“, Edition Galerie Clairefontaine, 2003
“Famous Eyes”, Edition Reuss, München, 2002
“Conserving”, Edition Reuss, München, 2000
“Im falschen Körper”, Verlag Martina Rueger, Wiesbaden, 1995

Daniel & Geo Fuchs – TOYGIANTS
                                                                                                                                    Text by Michael Buhrs, director Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
As the point of departure for their photo series TOYGIANTS , the artists Daniel and Geo Fuchs use the, to a certain extent, highly political world of toy figures, which are sold and traded internationally. The artists created portraits of toys in large-sized prints: American comic heroes of the 1960s; muscle-bound fantasy figures; Japanese Manga superstars; actors and directors such as Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone and Quentin Tarantino; even world-leaders such as George W. Bush and his opponent Saddam Hussein; or artists such as Andy Warhol who are presented as “toys”.

The artists Daniel and Geo Fuchs began their work on TOYGIANTS with Batman , Superman and Hulk. The belief in progress is written on the faces of these figures, as is the idealism with which comic heroes are charged. How different the worn-out and spent faces of Willis or Stallone, a soldier of the Cold War era for whom it seems no task remains. And the borders between reality and fiction disappear completely when the portraits of figures of Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden are shown. 

The toy figures photographed by Daniel and Geo Fuchs all come from the Collection Varol, which in the meantime includes over 10,000 objects. In the rooms of Munich’s artist/prince Franz von Stuck, who like no other artist of his day understood the concept of self-promotion, the works in TOYGIANTS unfold their, to a certain extent, terrifying, iconic effect. 

At the centre of the exhibition are questions regarding the power of self-promotion through the media by political figures or actors in a networked world of entertainment and “war games”. The iconographic strategies of a president climbing out of a fighter plane equipped with military gear are scrutinized by Daniel and Geo Fuchs in their photograph of an originally packaged George W. Bush. They leave the interpretation of the empty, pale-white faces to the visitor: what is real and what is staged ?.

TOYGIANTS puts us and our viewing habits to the test.

Some Work Examples

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, War Games, 2006, C-Print Diasec,  Framed, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, War Games, 2006, C-Print Diasec, Framed, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Polar Bears from 'Conserved' Series, 1998, Color Print, 2 sizes, Ed.4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Polar Bears from ‘Conserving’ Series, 1998, Color Print, 2 sizes, Ed.4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Portrait of David LaChapelle, C-Print, 2 sizes, ED. 12 and 4

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Portrait of David LaChapelle,2001,C-Print, 2 sizes, ED. 12 and 4

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Portrait of Louise Bourgeois, C-Print, 2 sizes, ED. 12 and 4

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Portrait of Louise Bourgeois,2001, C-Print, 2 sizes, ED. 12 and 4

©Daniel&GeoFuchs, Hohenschönhausen, Vernehmertrakt 1, 2004, C-Print, Diasec, Two sizes, ED. 4 and 8

©Daniel&GeoFuchs, Hohenschönhausen, Vernehmertrakt 1, 2004, C-Print, Diasec, Two sizes, ED. 4 and 8

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Forces - Fighter #9, 2010, C-Print, Diasec, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

©Daniel&Geo Fuchs, Forces – Fighter #9, 2010, C-Print, Diasec, 2 sizes, ED. 4 each

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