Dirty Dishes

Tobias Rehberger | Rirkrit Tiravanija

Medium: Aluminum, acrylic, LED

Size of work: 72 x 240 x 10 cm

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Tobias Rehberger’s ceramic edition Dirty Dishes Print I, II, III (2022) and Rirkrit Tiravanija’s hand-turned soup bowls, are part of the Dirty Dishes project first staged during the 2023 edition of S.E.A. Focus in Singapore. Both Rehberger’s and Tiravanija’s artistic practices aim to foster active participation in the pursuit of addressing social questions and the boundaries between art, design, architecture and utopia. During the original presentation of Dirty Dishes, the work’s component parts, including Dirty Dishes Print I, II, III, serve as part of a culinary experience organized by the artists together with their collaborators Antto Melasniemi and Dave Pynt. Following the event, the utensils are then exhibited in their unwashed state before being returned to their original users. Together, Dirty Dishes builds upon the art historical legacy of making visible the traces we all leave behind.

About the Artists

Tobias Rehberger (b. 1966, Esslingen, Germany) is an artist whose work across sculpture, installation, painting and architecture is characterised by transformation, chance and dialog. From minimal interventions to large scale public sculpture, his distinctive aesthetic creates radical new experiences of our surroundings. Rehberger won the Golden Lion at the 53rd Venice Biennale for Was du liebst, bringt dich auch zum weinen (2009). Selected solo exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2022); Haus am Waldsee, Berlin (2019); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (2018); Fondation Beyeler, Basel (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2014); MACRO Museum, Rome (2014); Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2012); MAXXI, Rome (2010); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2000). Tobias Rehberger lives and works in Frankfurt and Berlin.