Peter Wächtler
Far Out
16 September 2016 – 11 December 2016
Opening: Friday 16 September

Chisenhale Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Berlin and Brussels-based artist Peter Wächtler.

Wächtler works across a range of media including sculpture, drawing and animated film, with his writing and prose poems often providing source material. For Wächtler, the introverted experience of labour becomes both his process and his subject.

For his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, Wächtler presents a film made through traditional cel animation, soundtracked by a rock and roll song. The animation depicts the central subject’s departure along a country road, set against a backdrop of moonlit landscapes. The protagonist’s repetitive stasis invokes an ambiguous relationship with acts of progress or withdrawal, as well as our own misplaced desires.

To download an interview with Peter Wächtler about his exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery, please click here.

To download the exhibition handout, please click here.

Peter Wächtler (born 1979, Hannover) lives and works in Brussels and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include 9, KIOSK, Ghent (2016); Secrets of a Trumpet, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2016); Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2014); Reena Spaulings, New York (2014); dépendance gallery, Brussels (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Surround Audience, New Museum Triennial, New York (2015); A Needle Walks into a Haystack, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2014); Meanwhile... Suddenly and Then, Lyon Biennale (2013); Pride Goes Before a Fall / Beware of a Holy Whore, Artists Space, New York (2013); Salon der Angst, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2013). Sternberg Press published a collection of Wächtler’s texts in 2013, titled Come On.

Peter Wächtler's exhibition is supported by The Henry Moore Foundation; Muriel & Freddy Salem; the Cranford Collection, London and Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.

With additional support from the Peter Wächtler Supporters Circle.

With thanks to dépendance, Brussels; Reena Spaulings Fine Art, NY/LA; Lars Friedrich, Berlin; Mark Hix and HIX Restaurants.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Talks & Events Programme 2016 is supported by Helen Thorpe.

Chisenhale Gallery’s Exhibition Programme 2016 is supported by Nicoletta Fiorucci.

  • Saturday 12 November

    Paul Teasdale leads a tour of Peter Wächtler’s exhibition, placing Wächtler’s new work in relation to his previous animation, sculpture and text pieces. Paul Teasdale is a London-based writer and editor of This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

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    Sunday 6 November

    Peter Wächtler’s film Tim and Racky (2011) is screened in conjunction with First Thursdays, when the gallery remains open until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month. Emma Moore, Offsite and Education Curator at Chisenhale Gallery, provides an introduction to the film. This event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

    Thursday 20 October

    An early morning viewing of Peter Wächtler’s exhibition with an introduction by Ellen Greig, Exhibitions and Events Curator at Chisenhale Gallery. Coffee and cakes are generously provided by the East End Women’s Institute. Free to attend, no booking required. 

    Friday 7 October

    Peter Wächtler is joined in conversation by Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, to discuss his new exhibition, Far OutThis event is free to attend but booking is recommended. To reserve a place please visit our Eventbrite page here.

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