Their Combination is Spectacular
With over 150 works assembled throughout the second floor, the exhibition completely immersed the viewer in the universe of Thomas Bayrle (1937, Berlin). Since his earliest works in the mid-1960s, Bayrle has employed an iconography centered on the power of fascination held by the masses, for both politics and consumption. His images analyze the relationship between the individual and society, which is shaped by various types of interactions, such as the exchange of money, the flow of traffic, the trafficking of goods, and sexual relations. Bayrle’s method for creating his images is to design a basic form using figurative or abstract units. He then repeats this form over and over and arranges it in a specific grid to produce the main motif. This method harks back to weaving, the art in which Bayrle first trained, and which is exemplified in various media, all represented in the exhibition: painting, photomontage, film, and sculpture.