Tobias Rehberger

Biography of Tobias Rehberger

Tobias Rehberger (born 1966 in Esslingen, DE) is a highly talented, multi-faceted artist working across a variety of industries and mediums in order to create a diverse and extensive body of work. Simultaneously a sculptor, painter, designer, filmmaker, and architect, Rehberger specializes in creating environments, furniture, sculpture, and ceiling installations. In 2009 the artist was commissioned the redesign of the cafe in the former Italian pavilion at the 53rd Venice Biennale, and in 2013 a replica of the Bar Oppenheimer in New York.


The defining characteristic of Tobias Rehberger’s artwork is the appropriation of everyday objects and situations, and the use of bold, geometric patterns. Rehberger likes to play with his viewers’ sense of perception, most notably through his allusions to dazzle camouflage painting originally used in the First World War by British naval ships. He is not opposed to external interaction with his art, and frequently encourages either friends or onlookers to contribute to his exhibits in some form.


Although based between Berlin and Frankfurt, the artist has a global presence, having been exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and the Kunsthalle Basel. Tobias Rehberger has as previously mentioned taken part in the Venice Biennale, as well as the Manifesta Biennale.

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