Exhibition

Thomas Bayrle

I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore

06 Feb. to 19 Apr. 2009

Thomas Bayrle

Thomas Bayrle "Maxwell Kaffee", 1967

"I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", Dorothy Gale admitted to her dog Toto when the two of them landed in the wonderful land of Oz after having been sucked into a tornado. This line of dialogue from Lyman Frank Baum's famous novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) inspired the title of the first retrospective exhibition on the work of Thomas Bayrle (Berlin, 1937). The artist's ironic, critical, repetitive and obsessive fictions of abundance placed visitors in a disconcertingly familiar scene.

Official art history has deemed Thomas Bayrle to be one of the leading exponents of pop art in Germany. And while the influences of this movement are undeniably present in his work – as are those of conceptual art, concrete poetry, cybernetic art, Fluxus and the new cinema of the sixties and seventies – Bayrle's link to each of these is a tense creative dialogue. Like other European pop artists, Bayrle denounces the excesses of mass culture, but his focus is on the relationship between the individual and the mass.

The exhibition brought together three hundred works spanning from the sixties to the present, including wallpapers, "painting machines", digital animations, watercolours, drawings and photo collages.

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From 23 Mar.
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to 27 Mar. 2009
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Guided tour by the curator, Chus Martinez

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25 Feb. 2009
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MACBA
Data inici:
06 Feb. 2009
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Performance

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05 Feb. 2009
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