Thomas Bayrle

°1937, Berlin (DE) – lives and works in Frankfurt (DE)

Thomas Bayrle is a pioneer of Pop, seriality and Media Art. Since the beginning of his career in the 1960s, he developed an interest for mass gatherings, mass production and mass society, visually translated into large forms, grid-like macrostructures. As such, Bayrle invented a unique visual language through the production of collages, paintings, sculptures, films and books, while combining allegiances to Pop, Conceptual and Op art with wry humour. All along his work retained the critical engagement that drove his earliest experiments. In his recent installations, Bayrle has turned again towards the engine as a singular object and kinetic sculpture.

Thomas Bayrle has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at WIELS, Brussels; The Artist’s Institute, New York; Musée d’art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

His work has been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. He also participated at the documenta (13) in Kassel in 2012 and the 50th and 53rd Biennale di Venezia in in 2003 and 2009.

Thomas Bayrle is represented by the following galleries;
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Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York

Barbara Weiss, Berlin

dépendance, Brussels

Galerie Francesca Pia, Zürich

Air de Paris, Paris

Thomas Bayrle
Thomas Bayrle in Frankfurt, 2002 (Photo by Barbara Klemm)

works by Thomas Bayrle

Thomas Bayrle - And Back Again – Helke II - 1991/2014

Thomas Bayrle

And Back Again – Helke II

Thomas Bayrle - From A to B – Helke I - 1991/2014

Thomas Bayrle

From A to B – Helke I

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