Tobias Rehberger

Tobias Rehberger
Mário Pedrosa , 2003
77 glass lamps, brightness is controlled via internet
Installation of variable dimensions
Private collection held on deposit in the Serralves Foundation - Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto

Tobias Rehberger is one of the most acclaimed young German artists to have emerged in the 1990s. His oeuvre is distinguished by the creation of sculptures or installations that appear to constitute integrated environments - that simultaneously exist as works of art and as spaces or objects that maintain the functionality inherent to their nature and tradition.

When Tobias Rehberger staged his exhibition at Serralves in 2002, he discovered the interest of the Museum while conducting research into art criticism of Modernism in Brazil, between the 1950s and 1970s, for which key critics included, amongst others, Mário Pedrosa, Lygia Clark, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape.

Tobias Rehberger was aware of the existence of a documentation centre in São Paulo dedicated to the work of the art critic, Mário Pedrosa, and he decided to connect Serralves Museum’s Library to the latter documentation centre, via the Internet, so that the light cast on this work would increase or diminish in function of the light available in the aforementioned Brazilian archive.

The work is composed of manufactured glass globes – ambiguous objects that appear to exist in a limbo between design and art – that the artist adapted to this space.

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