Stage Performance


THE ART OF TIDYING UP – LIVE is the name of the stage-performance version of the eponymously titled bestseller by Ursus Wehrli, who not only neatly organizes works of art, but also auctions them off live.

Ursus Wehrli provides insight into his work and ultimately comes clean: whether Klee, Miró, Mondrian, Picasso, Van Gogh or Breugel – Mr. Wehrli demonstrates how great works of art can be efficiently organized, neatly arranged and sparingly presented. He opens up a new door to the perspective of art, illuminating his point of view regarding order and chaos and explaining why this method works and, if not, why it is nevertheless amusing. The way he accomplishes this feat is astonishing – and what emerges as a result is fascinating. THE ART OF TIDYING UP is an unforgettable and entertaining lecture for all who love or hate art as well as the only genuine therapy for frustrated art critics. Most of all, however, it constitutes a playfully absurd solution toward at least providing some clarity where it makes the least sense!

Ursus Wehrli

Ursus Wehrli is left handed, a broad thinker and a trained typographer. For over 25 years, he has been touring alongside Nadia Sieger as the comedy duo URSUS & NADESCHKIN from Zurich to  Berlin and New York, winning multiple awards with this constellation – including “Reinhart Ring” the renowned Swiss theater award, the “New York Comedy Award” and the “Deutschen Kleinkunstpreis.” Meanwhile, his books have been published in the German, English, French and Italian languages and soon available in Japanese and Korean too, with over a half a million copies sold worldwide to date. Ursus Wehrli lives in Zurich as a comedian, cabaret and freelance artist. He came up with the idea of  “tidying up art” along the way to picking up bread one morning while being caught by surprise by the onset of winter, “freezing his ears off.”