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Artist Talk: Tobias Rehberger

People sit on the floor in front of a green colored projection screen

In conjunction with Monochrome Multitudes, the Smart Museum of Art and University of Chicago partners present a quarter-long artist talk series.

Join Tobias Rehberger and other exhibiting artists as they consider the rich and sometimes idiosyncratic references and resonances in their own work, while also speaking to the histories of the monochrome and abstraction broadly conceived.

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Tobias Rehberger studied at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main with Martin Kippenberger where he currently teaches. Rehberger’s artistic practice transforms architecture, design, and industrial objects into high-chroma, often absurdist, multi-media installations. He is represented in Monochrome Multitudes by his time-based installation 81 years (2002), a video that takes a lifetime to display, pixel by pixel, the entire color spectrum. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (1998); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (1998); Sprengel Museum, Hannover (1998); Museum Für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe (2002); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2002); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2014); Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (2019); and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart (2022); and received the Golden Lion award for best artist at the 2009 Venice Biennale.



Support for the Monochrome Multitudes artist lecture series has been provided by the Goethe-Institut and the following University of Chicago partners: Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Department of Art History, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts, and Wigeland Fund in the Division of the Humanities.

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Image: Tobias Rehberger, 81 Years, 2002, Dimensions variable, Computer software projection installation. Tobias Rehberger and neugerriemschneider, Berlin