Fondation Beyeler Summer Night’s Gala: A Benefit Auction for Fondation Beyeler 2018
15 September, 2018
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Tobias Rehberger
Kartoffelskulptur, 1997

Watercolour on paper

29.7 × 21 cm (11 1/3 × 8 1/4 in)

Unique piece

Signed on verso

Provenance: donated by Boros Collection

Estimate: CHF 2’000 – 4000

This lot will be sold during the Silent Auction at the Fondation Beyeler on Saturday, 15 September 2018 closing at 23:00 CEST.

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lot description

Rehberger’s “Potato Sculpture” can be read as a homage to Sigmar Polke, many of whose works featured potatoes. Irony and humor, moreover, were just as important to Polke as they are to Rehberger, who once described the potato as a source of inspiration for his art: “Yes, if there is anything at all that might be described as the quintessence of all those things that artists are credited with—delight in innovation, creativity, spontaneity, productivity, growth from within etc. — then surely it is the potato, which left long enough in a dark cellar spontaneously sprouts new shoots, germinates over and over again with inexhaustible creativity, and before long, stepping back from the work, disappears behind its own offshoots even as it produces the most wondrous formations!”

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artist biography

Tobias Rehberger (born 1966 in Esslingen am Neckar), Professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main, creates works that push the boundaries of art, design, and architecture. He designs single items of furniture as well as whole interiors, including the cafeteria of the 53rd Venice Biennale that won him the Golden Lion; then there are the architectural sculptures that include a slinky footbridge and the “24 Stops” of the Rehberger Trail linking the Fondation Beyeler to the Vitra Campus.

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