Tobias Rehberger –
Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper
EXHIBITION

6.09.2019 – 17.11.2019

In his first solo exhibition in an art institution in Berlin, Tobias Rehberger (*1966) takes complete possession of Haus am Waldsee and changes it spectacularly. For the first time ever, his intensive use of paper becomes visible  – a material developed 2000 years ago in China. As usually, his work sets new standards for what art could be.

In addition to drawings and watercolors from the early 1990s to the present day, diary-like collages and series of large-scale computer prints, the exhibition also features three-dimensional works, in which the sculptor last sold his authorship to termites. For 250 million years, they have been building man-high ventilation towers that look like modern 1950s sculptures. Rehberger’s continuously pursued approach is to question certainties about the familiar. In the field of the examination of paper, this becomes evident with a lot of subtle humour. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue with articles by Katja Blomberg and Elisa Tamaschke published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Tobias Rehberger, Heiden Spaß 3 (Günther Jauch), 2018, watercolor on paper, paper: 54,1 x 37,9 cm, framed: 57 x 41 cm, Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Harmony 6, 2019, Wasserfarben auf Papier, Rahmen: 58,2 x 33,4 cm, Courtesy der Künstler und neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Foto: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, Harmony 6, 2019, watercolour on paper,framed: 58,2 x 33,4 cm, Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, S.M.V., 1993, Wasserfarben auf handgeschöpftem Papier, 11 x 15 cm, Sammlung Deutsche Bank , Foto: Courtesy Sammlung Deutsche Bank

Tobias Rehberger, S.M.V., 1993, watercolour on hand-made paper, 11 x 15 cm, Collection Deutsche Bank , photo: Courtesy Collection Deutsche Bank

Tobias Rehberger, Me as you III, 2014, Papiermaché, Farbe, Kabel, 89 x 62 x 44 cm, Courtesy der Künstler und Galeria Heinrich Erhard, Madrid, Foto: Carlos Álvarez

Tobias Rehberger, Me as you III, 2014, paper mache, paint, wire, 89 x 62 x 44 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galeria Heinrich Erhard, Madrid, photo: Carlos Álvarez

Tobias Rehberger, Heiden Spaß 3 (Günther Jauch), 2018, watercolor on paper, paper: 54,1 x 37,9 cm, framed: 57 x 41 cm, Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, S.M.V., 1993, Wasserfarben auf handgeschöpftem Papier, 11 x 15 cm, Sammlung Deutsche Bank , Foto: Courtesy Sammlung Deutsche Bank

Tobias Rehberger, S.M.V., 1993, watercolour on hand-made paper, 11 x 15 cm, Collection Deutsche Bank , photo: Courtesy Collection Deutsche Bank

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Inspiration is a little town in China – in Paper, installation view Haus am Waldsee, 2019, photo: Roman März

Tobias Rehberger, Harmony 6, 2019, Wasserfarben auf Papier, Rahmen: 58,2 x 33,4 cm, Courtesy der Künstler und neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Foto: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, Harmony 6, 2019, watercolour on paper,framed: 58,2 x 33,4 cm, Courtesy the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Tobias Rehberger, Me as you III, 2014, Papiermaché, Farbe, Kabel, 89 x 62 x 44 cm, Courtesy der Künstler und Galeria Heinrich Erhard, Madrid, Foto: Carlos Álvarez

Tobias Rehberger, Me as you III, 2014, paper mache, paint, wire, 89 x 62 x 44 cm, Courtesy the artist and Galeria Heinrich Erhard, Madrid, photo: Carlos Álvarez