Tobias Rehberger

Galerie Bärbel Grässlin

The objects exhibited in “Fragments of their pleasant spaces (in my fashionable version)” have a peculiar provenance. Tobias Rehberger asked five friends for a description of a “comfortable niche”; then, taking their responses, he created five groups of furniture, painstakingly executed, including a seemingly Arp-inspired seating area and a wood stand that facilitates watching the news on TV while cooking, titled Cutting, preparing, without missing anything, and being happy about what comes next (all works 1999). Another piece, a wide, cushioned platform set on a carpet with a side table sporting built-in shelves, is called Lying around lazy. Not even moving for TV, sweets, coke and Vaseline.

Rehberger seems to take inspiration not only from the ’60s and ’70s but from contemporary fashion designers like Helmut Lang. The resulting work, with its allusions to the “mod” forms of the ’60s and

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