Tobias Rehberger - Private Matters
10 September - 14 November 2004
Tobias Rehberger produces atmospheric environments that play with light, space, furniture, signage and clothing, inspired by modernist art history and design classics. Sociable, inter-active, utopian and playful, his work thrives on chance connections, unexpected encounters and the grey area between communication and misunderstanding. Following critically acclaimed exhibitions throughout Europe and the Far East, German artist Tobias Rehberger emerged as a highlight of last year’s Venice Biennale. The Whitechapel presents his first solo exhibition in the UK.
Rehberger fuses form and function in works that colonise the Lower Galleries and spill out into the city, through posters advertising the artist’s favourite brands. Bodily images of the artist wallpaper the foyer walls. Hovering in the middle of the Gallery is an enclosed chamber – like a futuristic yellow pod – with a surprising and intimate connection to a private home. At the back of the Gallery, visitors are invited to explore brightly coloured structures based on the proportions of the windows and doors in Rehberger’s studio. Functional yet visually sensual and enigmatic, this series of interconnected spaces encourage visitors to consider the values of taste, intimacy and privacy through snapshots of an artist’s life.
With thanks to Neugerriemschneider, Berlin
Supported by The Henry Moore Foundation