A solo show by Tobias Rehberger will be opening on April 19 at the exhibition space Viafarini in Milan. The project results from a co-operation with the Galleria Giò Marconi, the studio Yasmin Naqvi, the Goethe-Institut and Zegna Baruffa Lane Borgosesia.
Tobias Rehberger (Esslingen, Germany 1966) lives and works in Berlin. One of most successful German artists of the last generation, he participated in major international art events such as Skulptur.Projekte (Münster 1997), the Venice Biennale (1997), Manifesta 2 (Luxembourg 1998), the Berlin Biennale (1998) and Arte all'Arte (Colle Val d'Elsa 1999). Further, he had solo shows in major international museums, as for example the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and the Kunsthalle Basel. The Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Turin announced a solo show of Tobias Rehberger in September 2001.
Rehberger is interested in the world of contemporary mythologies, not only as they are represented by the visual arts, but also as the way they are reflected in fashion, design and sports – that is to say, all those activities that imply new life styles, characteristic of a certain era. The artist investigates how all these trends influence the collective taste, also through leading personalities that represent them. A good example for this is his last solo show at the Galleria Giò Marconi in Milan, in October 2000, where he exhibited a “portrait-cabin” dedicated to Rudi Gernreich, one of the most original American fashion designers of the sixties.
For Viafarini, Rehberger will realise an environmental installation, using as “raw materials” some clothes belonging to Italian personalities of the cultural scene, from TV and sports, that the artists believes to have particularly influenced the collective imagination at a particular moment of their careers. These include Benedetta Barzini (top model), Caterina Caselli (singer), Sabina Ciuffini (showgirl), Gianni De Michelis (politician), Francesco Moser (cyclist), Rita Pavone (actor and singer), Massimo Ranieri (actor and singer), Paolo Rossi (football player).
With the collaboration of the Studio Yasmin Naqvi, specialised in knitwear, the clothes will be re-elaborated to realise curtains for the gallery windows – the windows being intended as a hollow space and a filter between the inside and the outside of both the physical space and the collective mentality.
With the patronage and the support of Comune di Milano - Cultura e Musei, Settore Musei e Mostre.