22 – 31 January 2021
Tanjong Pagar Distripark

Mother without child 3

Tobias Rehberger

2019
Fiberglass, paint
151 x 38 x 47 cm

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Tobias Rehberger’s luminescent, vase-like sculpture Mother without child 3 (2019) is an exploration of color, natural phenomena and humankind’s hand in nature. Here, with stacked oblong spheres rendered in warm tones, Rehberger combines painted fiberglass with forms created using cutting-edge technology that allude to the origins of life. These works were first shown as part of Rehberger’s debut solo exhibition in China, at the Rockbund Art Museum, in 2019.

For S.E.A. Focus Curated: hyper–horizon, we are delighted to present this work by Rehberger in dialog with the site-specific tapestry installation by Rirkrit Tiravanija untitled 2016 (nothing) (2016). Throughout their careers, artistic peers and long-time friends Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tobias Rehberger have habitually returned to Asia, and particularly to Singapore, steeping themselves in the local environment and finding endless inspiration for their socially engaged practices in the region. We present work by the two artists that, when placed in conversation, prompt reflection on unity and collaboration, and recall previous projects by the artists in the region, highlighting their connection to and engagement with Asia.

Rirkrit Tiravanija’s and Tobias Rehberger’s creative periods spent in Asia and Singapore are wide-reaching and multi-faceted. Tobias Rehberger and Rirkrit Tiravanija were invited to STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery in Singapore in 2017, to produce works that built upon collaboration between the artists. Rehberger employed colored paper and layers of silkscreen to shape abstracted texts, while Tiravanija explored lithography and the use of limestone. In 2019, Tobias Rehberger presented his first museum exhibition in China, If you don’t use your eyes to see, you will use them to cry. Staged at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, it was an expansive survey comprising many new works, which knitted together the artist’s long-standing interests in perception, social intervention, connection and serendipitous cultural exchange.

Given this unique history of artistic production and inspiration for Tobias Rehberger and Rirkrit Tiravanija in Singapore and Asia, we are pleased to be able to connect with the region through this presentation with its call for reflection, collaboration and renewal.

About the Artist

Tobias Rehberger (b. 1966, Esslingen, Germany) is an artist whose work across sculpture, installation, painting and architecture is characterized 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 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); The 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 Chicago (2000). Tobias Rehberger lives and works in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Tobias Rehberger will be presenting his works at neugerriemschneider.