Tobias Rehberger creates objects, sculptures and environments as diverse as they are prolific. Drawing on a repertoire of quotidian objects appropriated from everyday mass-culture, Rehberger translates, alters and expands ordinary situations and objects with which we are familiar. At once utilitarian, ambient and perceptually powerful, Rehberger’s objects and environments mimic the glossy perfection of the manufactured yet idiosyncrasies in terms of their colour, size, function and location demand new rules of engagement on behalf of the beholder.
In a mesmerising installation at the Venice Biennale of 2003, Rehberger created a canopy of glass lamps activated by triggers located in seven different locations around the globe including a pumpkin field in the Walachi region in Romania, and a derelict Burger King in Kyoto. Emerging from ordinary conditions that have been radically altered, Rehberger’s proposals are interdependent upon the viewer. As such they exist as potent instruments for examining the relationship between objects and situations, and our shifting sensibilities as individual subjects.
Tobias Rehberger was born in 1966 in Esslingen, Germany. As one of the most prominent artists of his generation, Rehberger has attracted widespread international acclaim. Major solo exhibitions of the artist’s work include: Home and Away and Outside, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2014); Tobias Rehberger: Wrap it up, MACRO Museum, Rome (2014); Artelier Contemporary, Graz (2012); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2011); Tobias Rehberger, MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (2010); Kunsthalle Mannheim (2009); Kunstraum innsbruck (2008); Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004). Major group exhibitions include: Adventures of the Black Square, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Encounters, Art Basel, Hong Kong (2014); The 9th Gwangju Biennale: “Roundtable”, Gwangju (2012); Extra Large: Monumental works from the Centre Pompidou Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (2012); OUR MAGIC HOUR, Yokohama Triennale 2011, Yokohama (2011); Social Sculpture, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009).
Rehberger was commissioned to create an installation for the Palazzo delle Espozizioni at the 53rd Venice Biennial.
Tobias Rehberger lives and works in Frankfurt and Berlin.