It’s his last piece and it’s a milestone in art history
Award-winning German artist Tobias Rehberger is known for creating an array of showstopping installations. From disguising British submarines in dazzle camouflage to recreating his favourite German bar in a New York hotel. So which installations pique his interest?
Etant Donnes by Marchel Duchamp
Philadelphia Museum of Art
A semi-dark room that features a wooden door with two peepholes. Look through the peepholes and you see a naked woman lying on a bed of sticks. The viewer isn’t sure whether she is alive or dead. Quirky fact: This was Duchamp’s last piece. After this he decided to play competitive chess.
Why Rehberger wants to see it: “It’s his last piece and it’s a milestone in art history.”
4166 Sea View Lane by Jorge Pardos
It started life as a five-week long exhibit for the Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist moved in at one point and lived there full time with his family.
Why Rehberger wants to see it: “It is a very important work. I went to the inauguration almost 15 years ago. I would really like to see it again. I would like to see how it has aged and how my impressions of it have changed from then to now.”
Untitled 2018 (the infinite dimensions of smallness) by Rirkrit Tiravanija
Ng Teng Fong Roof Garden Gallery, National Gallery Singapore
Two and a half thousand bamboo poles were flown from Chiang Mai to create an intricate maze on top of the National Gallery in Singapore. At the centre is a Japanese tea house, where each Sunday a performance artist serves tea to visitors. Tiravanija based it on a legend where a monk’s robe was used to create a shelter for Buddha as he served tea to followers.
Why Rehberger wants to see it: “Rirkrit is a close friend of mine and now I’m back in Singapore, I’m determined to go and see it.”
Tobias Rehberger was in Singapore at STPI to reveal his latest work Freedom, which was supported by the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.
Photography: Barbara Klemm, Flickr and National Gallery Singapore