The solo exhibition of the work of German artist Thomas Bayrle, a largely ignored pioneer of serial Pop Art and the new media, next opens at MADRE.
First staged at the Wiels Museum in Brussels, the solo exhibition of the work of German artist Thomas Bayrle, a largely ignored pioneer of serial Pop Art and the new media, next opens at MADRE, the Donna Regina Contemporary Art Gallery in Naples. The “All-in-One” exhibition is a comprehensive retrospective of Bayrle’s work, ranging from the first kinetic machines of the 1960s to his more recent works. The exhibition reflects the artist’s favorite themes: the consumer society and mass culture, political propaganda, sexuality and religion. Bayrle’s artistic output is impressive and, at times, obsessive, and combines his tributes to Pop Art, Conceptual Art and Optical Art in a unique way that is often tainted with black humor. From the mid-1960s onwards, he developed a series of works based on the serial repetition of the same motif, based on Minimalist Art. Subsequently he invented a unique kind of visual and suggestive language by using collages, paintings, sculpture, films and books.