Tobias Rehberger is one of the most significant contemporary artists in Germany. The work of the sculptor, born in Esslingen am Neckar in 1966, is characterised by a huge diversity of media, combining painting, sculpture, design, graphics, and architecture.
Rehberger's works cannot be assigned to a particular medium or a particular subject; high culture and subculture merge and jar our habitual ways of perceiving things. The artist composes sculptures, installations, posters, paintings, and even entire environments from a wide variety of materials and generates a thematic spectrum ranging from optical illusions to identity games to questions of transience. The process of creation itself is often the focus of his art. In addition, Rehberger frequently works from of his own memory or draws inspiration from outdated manufacturing processes.
In the "AMP" edition, which was developed in collaboration with Nymphenburg in 2017, Rehberger draws on a tradition from the Middle Ages: the tumbler, tankard, and shot glass that make up the so-called "boilermaker" are designed in such a way that patrons cannot put them down. This is because if you are holding your drinking vessel in your hand, it is always in your sight, which prevents someone from slipping poison into the vessel in an unguarded moment when it's set down.
In addition to important group exhibitions, Rehberger's work has also been internationally honoured in extensive individual exhibitions, such as: at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, in 2014; at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, in 2008; at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, in 2005; and at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, in 2002. In 2009, he received the Golden Lion for the best artist for redesigning the café bar in the Giardini of the 53rd Biennale di Venezia. His project "24 Stops" has been linking two critical spots in terms of aesthetics since 2016: the Vitra Campus in Weil am Rhein and the Fondation Beyeler in the Swiss town of Riehen.
Rehberger studied with Thomas Bayrle and Martin Kippenberger at the Städelschule State Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main from 1987 to 1993. He has held the professorship for sculpture there since 2001. He was the prorector of the academy until 2015. Rehberger lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main.