Thomas Bayrle, Naked Lunch / Fire in the Wheat (wall paper), 1970-2013
Maerzverlag. Courtesy Thomas Bayrle / Hans Widauer
The IAC presents, in collaboration with WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, Museo MADRE in Naples and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, the first major retrospective of German artist Thomas Bayrle in France. All-in-One brings together over two hundred works from throughout his career, from the early 1960s to his most recent pieces that were specifically produced for the Institut d’art contemporain.
The exhibition All-in-One brings together a set of works spanning his important periods and showcasing the variety of techniques used by Thomas Bayrle, from his early kinetic machines to his collages, paintings, wallpapers, films, graphic output and publications; from his sculptures and utopian and dystopian architectural models to his most recent mechanical installations.
At the crossroads of Pop, Serial and Optical art, Thomas Bayrle has developed a singular visual language liaising experimentation and subversion. A major artist in Germany who has long been recognized in the international art world, Thomas Bayrle exerts an influence that has shaped an entire generation of artists, through his role as a professor at Städelschule Art School in Frankfort (from 1975 to 2002); through his work as a graphic designer, notably in the field of publishing (he cofounded Gulliver Press in 1960); and through his involvement in a number of prestigious international art exhibitions (Documenta 3, 6, and 13, the 50th Venice Biennale…).