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MAGGI (2s) again

MAGGI (2s) again, 2020 - Tobias Rehberger


about this work

Tobias Rehberger has toyed with personal childhood memories since his early work of the 1990s. Art operates in these pieces as a form of translation. A recollection is recalled, reformulated, and transformed into a sculpture, installation, or, as in this instance, a drawing. The intention is not to give any realistic illustration of the past; rather, the work offers us a liberal interpretation of what he saw and stored in his memory: a visualization, that is to say, of the subjective perception of time.

For his edition, Rehberger selected a reproduction of MAGGI (2s), one in a series of colored pencil sketches showing the hamster he had as a child. The drawings also served as templates for a series of sculptures. Rehberger’s pet died in an awful accident involving a door being slammed shut; hence the painful sight of Maggi’s body shattered into two parts. With gruesome irony, the picture invitesassociations both of the warm glow suffusing early memories of cute pet rodents and many a chilling anecdote of the demise of a child’s beloved animal. Who doesn’t have a friend whose hamster or parakeet was felled by this or that tragic mishap? Reconstructing the dismemberment of the hamster with brutal determination, the series of drawings stands as Rehberger’s morbidly humorous memorial to Maggi.

about Tobias Rehberger

Tobias Rehberger studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Frankfurt am Main with Thomas Bayrle and Martin Kippenberger, teaching sculpture at Frankfurt Städelschule. Working as an architect, painter, sculptor, designer and filmmaker, Rehberger has never been afraid to try out different media, materials and styles. In his art he tackles social, ecological and economical questions. At an international level, Rehberger is considered one of the most challenging artists of his generation.

Rehberger's major exhibitions include the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and Tate Liverpool as well as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work was included in the Venice Biennale (2003), Manifesta Biennial & Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and he has works in the Collection Sandretto re Rebaudengo, Turin and the Deutsche Bank Collections. Rehberger won the Golden Lion award for best artist at Venice Biennale in 2009.

Tobias Rehberger is represented by the following galleries; 
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Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Brussels

Pilar Corrias, London

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin, Frankfurt

Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing / Lucerne

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