Tobias Rehberger

Fondazione Prada | Milan

SINCE THE BEGINNING of his career, German artist Tobias Rehberger has made the creative input of others integral to his practice. He has constructed living-room-like spaces based on his friends’ notes and sketches for a “relaxed and meditative environment” (for the project Fragments of Their Pleasant Spaces [In My Fashionable Version], realized first in 1996 and again in 1999); once he even arranged for craftsmen in Thailand to make full-size, functional versions of high-end cars on the basis only of rough pencil sketches he provided (Nana, 2000). More recently, Rehberger built a thirty-six-foot-long boat based on one constructed in the 1980s by the father of fellow contemporary artist Danh Vo in order to flee Vietnam (Gu Mo Ni Ma Da, 2006). In his exhibitions, Rehberger usually presents such objects in distinctively colorful, highly polished environments—giving a sculptural, aesthetic

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