Rehberger, Tobias

Tobias Rehberger – Biography

Tobias Rehberger, Warten auf Gretchen, 2011Tobias Rehberger is a German artist working within the realms of architecture and design to explore the intersection of the two disciplines within fine art. His interactive installations alter gallery spaces and investigate the role of functional objects within this context, creating unexpected visual combinations and experiences for the viewer. “I am neither an expert in design nor I am particularly interested in it,” the artist has explained. “I am interested in all kinds of strategies that I used from other fields that I think could pose interesting questions from the point of view of art, but I see myself completely and totally as an artist and as a sculptor, so to say.” Born on June 2, 1966 in Esslingen, Germany, he studied with Martin Kippenberger at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, who had a large influence on his work—“What he, in the end, taught me was that the center of production of art is the doubt of art.” Rehberger has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Stedilijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Artelier Contemporary in Graz. In 2016, Rehberger embarked on a collaboration with the MCM design company, in where he repurposed World War I camouflage patterns for luxury bags. He currently lives and works between Frankfurt am Main and Berlin, Germany. The artist’s works are held in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany, and the Serralves Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal.