neugerriemschneider gallery announces the seventh exhibition of Tobias Rehberger (b. 1966), on view from April 19 to May 21.
Unifying a variety of participants and disciplines for targeted, purposeful collaborations has always been and remains an integral part of Tobias Rehberger’s artistic practice. For his first solo exhibition at neugerriemschneider in 1995, Rehberger invoked this ethos by creating portraits of each artist exhibited by the gallery, in the form of vases. Without sharing this concept with the artists, Rehberger asked each to send him a bouquet of their favorite flowers for the exhibition’s opening. The result was a kind of double portrait of each artist, achieved in Rehberger’s formal, often humorous, and fully unexpected adaptations that took on qualities of the Surrealist exquisite corpse. It is exactly this moment of intended coincidence that Rehberger seeks to attain in his collaborations, creating a forum for aesthetic disconnects and misunderstandings that have become increasingly uncommon in today’s
hyper-stylized art world.
Tobias Rehberger’s exhibition “presently” is simultaneously an homage to and retrospective of his many artistic collaborations, bringing together many of those whom have accompanied him as friends, colleagues, and mentors. By inviting not only artists but also product designers, fashion designers, and musicians to rethink the concept of a group exhibition together with him, Tobias Rehberger reinforces his assertion that an artist does not have to be a solitary figure. For Rehberger, creativity is not fostered in a vacuum, but is the result of ideas, interactions, and coincidences. With presently, Rehberger enacts contemporaneity in the purest sense of the word – as shared time.
In the context of the exhibition, Tobias Rehberger asked his colleagues to select a work of their own choosing that they thought he might like, resulting in a multilayered spectrum that ranges from delicate works on paper to paintings, videos, sculptures and immersive installations. In exchange, Rehberger has sourced personalized gifts for each artist, which he has hidden within corresponding handmade paper sculptures. Bearing Rehberger’s vividly colored, graphic aesthetic, the presents speak to significant historical influences. In this dynamic exchange, the artists’ works shed light on Rehberger himself while the presents subtly reflect on their recipients. Opening the possibility for others to participate in the dialogue he has initiated, Rehberger has created a second edition of each present in addition to the version that has been gifted to its designated recipient.
with Franz Ackermann, Ai Weiwei, Pawel Althamer, ATA, Thomas Bayrle, James Benning, Angela Bulloch, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Rüdiger Carl, Billy Childish, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Keith Edmier, Olafur Eliasson, Andreas Eriksson, Noa Eshkol, Günther Förg, Mario García Torres, Isa Genzken, Liam Gillick, Douglas Gordon, Konstantin Grcic, Andreas Gursky, Carsten Höller, Karl Holmqvist, Martin Kippenberger, Stefan Kozalla, Louise Lawler, Sharon Lockhart, Renata Lucas, Michel Majerus, Antje Majewski, Olaf Metzel, Meuser, Reinhard Mucha, Maurizio Nannucci, Mike Nelson, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, Elizabeth Peyton, Pratchaya Phinthong, Claus Richter, Michael Riedel, Anri Sala, Thomas Scheibitz, Bernhard Schreiner, Andreas Slominski, Nedko Solakov, Simon Starling, Thaddeus Strode, Franz von Stauffenberg, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Luc Tuymans, Sven Väth, Not Vital, Danh Vo, Pae White, Bernhard Willhelm, Holger Wüst, Haegue Yang, and Heimo Zobernig
neugerriemschneider, linienstr. 155