Dialogue and tour of the exhibition »THOMAS BAYRLE. If it’s Too Long – Make It Longer«

Thomas Bayrle, $, 1980 Privatsammlung / photo © Wolfgang Günzel

Join Thomas Bayrle and curators Nicolaus Schafhausen and Bärbel Vischer in a dialogue and tour of the exhibition

Thomas Bayrle, born in 1937, lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. His solo exhibition is a reflection of the MAK collection. He combines traditional hand-crafted techniques with computer-generated art of the IT age. With metaphors of dyeing, weaving and programming Bayrle explores the ambivalence of art, crafts and industry and generates kaleidoscopic forms as ornaments of the masses. Bayrle develops his legendary “superforms” as a reference to cultural and industrial icons like Jesus Christ, Mao, the highway and the smartphone. Under the auspices of digital interconnectivity an oversize stage set oscillates in the MAK Columned Main Hall between a couple indulging in a fleeting play of fragrances, and architectural elements. With Bayrle’s project, the MAK becomes the arena for a newly established interaction between art and craft, artist and weaver. Drenched in blue, Bayrle has created the ornamental image area of a tapestry woven by hand in France, using smartphones – simultaneously ornament, apparatus and adornment – and has translated the cultural code of the Pietà into an atmospheric portrayal of social and political events.

A catalogue is published as part of the exhibition, edited and including texts by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and curators Nicolaus Schafhausen und Bärbel Vischer as well as an essay by Spyros Papapetros.

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