Thomas BAYRLE b. 1937

Thomas BAYRLE (b. 1937, Berlin) is a Frankfurt-based artist best known for his serigraphic work that critically reflects on the social. Influenced by Pop, Op and Conceptual Art as well as the critical theory of the Frankfurt School of Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Herbert Marcuse, Bayrle embraces serial repetition as a tool to critique mass and consumer culture. For example, in his wallpaper piece La Vache qui rit (The Laughing Cow) (1967), Bayrle re-appropriates the logo of the eponymous French cheese brand and through its multiplication, echoes the mass-produced attributes of the product and its saturated distribution.


Recent solo exhibitions of Bayrle’s work include the retrospective ‘Thomas Bayrle: Playtime’, the New Museum, New York, NY (2018); ‘Thomas Bayrle: One Day on Success Street’, ICA Miami, Miami, FL (2016); and his major touring retrospective ‘Thomas Bayrle: All-in-One’, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2013), which then travelled to Madre Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples, Italy; Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK; Institut d'art contemporain, Villeurbanne / Rhone-Alpes, France Artist's Institute, New York, NY, USA, amongst others. Bayrle’s work has been included in important group exhibitions, including ‘The World Goes Pop’ at the Tate Modern, London, UK (2015) and in numerous iterations of Documenta, Kassel, Germany (1964, 1977, 2012). His work has also been shown at numerous Biennales including Venice (2003, 2009), Guangzhou (2005, 2018), Berlin (2006), Gwangju (2006, 2010), Tbilisi (2007), Sydney (2008) and Busan (2012).