TOBIAS REHBERGER

Herzliche Einladung zu den Veranstaltungen der Städelschule!

The Architecture Class presents:
The Pavilion: Interim Passage and Polemics in Art & Architecture - Public Lecture Series Winter Semester 2008-9
- a series of public lectures that address the pavilion as typology and idea in relation to architecture and the arts.

Tobias Rehberger: Halbe, viertel und ganze Eier
Thursday, 4 December, 19h, Aula
Alle Veranstaltungen der Architekturklasse finden in englischer Sprache statt.


Tobias Rehberger, Städelschule graduate and art professor since 2001, produces work of great artistic complexity and intimacy with design. The production flirts with the contemporary status of objects, space, commodification and innovation. Yet, for all its extravagance, humor and disciplinary ambiguity, Rehberger's work reflects his own clear identification as an artist. As he has put it, the work emerges from a paradigm of art - that is, the thinking and production of an artist. When the work is at its most potent in terms of design and spatial implications (such as in Private Matters (Whitechapel, London, 2004), On Otto (Fondazione Prada, Milan, 2007) and The-Chicken-and-Egg-No-Problem Wall Painting, (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2008)), Rehberger seems to insist on a resistance to the most immanent interpretation of his own work.

Hence, Rehberger's art is probably less about "chance connections" than it is about a carefully calculated play of contradictions, paradoxes and conflicts. It is probably less about "unexpected encounters" than it is about a spatial scenography revolving around disciplinary and productive tension.

To a discussion about architecture, art and the typology of the pavilion, Tobias Rehberger brings ideas and a portfolio of work that bespeaks the disciplinary and typological strictures, yet suspend the same relative to an urgency of production.