Tobias Rehberger began his activities in the 1990s. An experimenter in various languages, the artist’s production ranges from sculpture to video, from mural painting to installations. Rehberger’s activity is characterised by an attention to the processes of transformation and temporality, analysed through the creation of works where a strong mastery of construction predominates and that are imposing on account of their particularly irrepressible and incisive visual appearance. Among the most recurrent themes present in the artist’s works is the rereading in an ironic and irreverent vein of Modernism, with which Rehberger nevertheless demonstrates a strong bond. Some of his installations reference the world of the historical avant-garde, such as Cubism and Futurism, including his most famous, which was created on the occasion of the 2009 Venice Biennale, entitled “Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum Weinen” (what you love also makes you weep), which won him the Leone d’Oro. Recently (2016-2017), he has completed a project entitled “24 Stops. The Reheberger-Weg”, which develops on a 5-km route along which the artist has posi¬tioned 24 signposts, thanks to which visitors can explore the natural and cultural landsca¬pe between Weil am Rhein, the Fondation Beyeler and the Vitra Campus in a new way.
Photo © Agostino Osio, Alto Piano
Esslingen sul Neckar (Stuttgart), 1966
Lives and works: between Frankfurt and Berlin
Solo and group exhibitions and projects
Fondazione Beyeler, Campus Vitra, Weil am Rhein e Riehen (2016-2017); Schirn Kunsthalle, Francoforte (2014); MACRO, Roma (2014); Biennale di Venezia (2009); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Museum Ludwig, Colonia (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milano (2007); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005); Whitechapel Gallery, Londra (2004); Palais de Tokyo, Parigi (2002).