THOMAS BAYRLE

December 13, 2016 – MARCH 5, 2017 AT KUNSTBAU

Thomas Bayrle

 

THOMAS BAYRLE
December 13, 2016 – March 5, 2017 At KUNSTBAU

THOMAS BAYRLE

Thomas Bayrle (b. 1937) has introduced into contemporary art an awareness of the sensual qualities of machines and the aesthetics of automated production. After training as a weaver and graphic designer in the 1950s, he was one of the first artists in Germany to work with computer generated imagery; adopting the principle of serialism, he was also a pioneer of Pop art. His creative evolution is evident in his early films, all of which are on view in the exhibition. Using the means of art, Bayrle examines the laws that organize individuality and masses, gleaning his motifs from our everyday reality and the world of consumer goods.

He regards the growth of urban structures and means of mass transportation as a cycle that is set in motion by economic activity and conversely fuels it. He examines these structures with a critical eye, but also with a keen awareness of his own involvement as a consumer and participant. Since the 1970s, the autobahn has played a central part in his oeuvre. In the new wall installation he has created for the show at the Lenbachhaus, he returns to the highway motif and takes it to a new level: almost a hundred feet long and sixteen feet tall, the wall sculpture, an ornament turned image, represents the physical circulation and movement of humans in their automobiles. The sculpture also reads as a metaphor for the data flows of the information age, which defy the human observer’s capacities of comprehension.

At documenta 13, Bayrle first presented running engines he had cut open to visualize the aesthetic of machinery as well as the rhythm and condition of human life in the mass society. The soundtracks accompanying the engines are largely excerpts from pertinent passages in the ecclesiastical liturgy.

The exhibition includes a complete set of these pieces. Bayrle’s work was on view at the Venice Biennale in 2003 and 2009 and at documenta, Kassel, in 1964, 1977, and 2012.

 

Curated by Eva Huttenlauch

Exhibition booklet

 

PUBLICATION

An artist book, published on the occasion of the exhibition (432 pp., color ill.) and edited by Matthias Mühling and Eva Huttenlauch, is available at the museum shop from January 2017.

EVENTS & GUIDED TOURS

ARTIST TALK & BOOK PRESENTATION
Kasper König & Thomas Bayrle
Tue,  January 17, 2017, 8pm


Münchner Kammerspiele, Maximilianstraße 26, 80539 München

Admission: regular 6 Euro / reduced 4 Euro
Tickets: www.muenchner-kammerspiele.de

 

CURATOR'S GUIDED TOURS
Tue, January 24, January 31, 2017 and February 21, 2017, 6pm
and Fri, March 3, 2017, 4pm

 

PUBLIC GUIDED TOURS
Sun, January 8, January 15, January 22, January 29 and February 5, February 19 and March 5, 2017, 2pm

Tue, December 12, 2016, January 10 and February 14, 2017, 6pm

Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 2,50 Euro / p.p. plus admission
Tickets are sold at the cash desks inside the Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, online and at the München Ticket reservation kiosks.

 

WAS TUN! ART EDUCATION PROGRAM

WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES
Serielle Loops, maschinelle Verwandlungen und mehr
Wed, December 28, 2016, Tue, 28. February 28, Thu, March 2, 2017 and Sat, March 4, 2017, 2pm – 5pm

For further information please click here.


GUIDED TOURS FOR PARENTS AND TODDLERS
FRISCHGEBACKEN!
Wed, January 25 and February 22, 2017, 10.30am

For further information please click here.

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