Tobias Rehberger

Date 12.11.14

Time 6.30 - 8.00pm

Location Arnolfini


A talk by Tobias Rehberger at Arnolfini on the 12th November 2014.


Tobias Rehberger creates objects, sculptures, furniture and environments as diverse as they are prolific. His work crosses, and plays with, traditional divisions between art, design and interiors, and often asks "what is a work of art? And how much of it is conditioned by notions, perceptions and external influences?"

This is especially true of the piece he has created for Southmead Hospital Bristol which was installed in May 2014. Rehberger's Binary Clock Sculpture is a neon light sculpture based around the principle of the binary clock. The sculpture is made up of three parts, one in each of the three atria of the new hospital. Each of the three sculptures has a different composition with each one functioning independently as a clock.

Each sculpture consists of a combination of 12 neon circles representing the hours, 5 horizontal neon lines representing 10 minute fractions and 9 vertical neon lines representing single minutes. In total, the sculpture includes 78 suspended neon elements. Each of these has been crafted from mouth-blown glass in Germany using traditional German production methods of glass blowing and metal working.

Tobias Rehberger

Born in 1966 in Esslingen, Germany, Rehberger has attracted widespread international acclaim. Major solo exhibitions of the artist's work include: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt (2014), Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2012); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2011); Tobias Rehberger, MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo (2010); Kunstraum innsbruck (2009); Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam (2008); Fondazione Prada, Milan (2007); Tate Liverpool (2006); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2005); and Whitechapel Gallery, London (2004). Major group exhibitions include: The 9th Gwangju Biennale: "Roundtable", Gwangju (2012); Extra Large: Monumental works from the Centre Pompidou Collection, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (2012); OUR MAGIC HOUR, Yokohama Triennale 2011, Yokohama (2011); Social Sculpture, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2009). Venice Biennale (1999, 2003,2009) Tobias Rehberger lives and works in Frankfurt and Berlin.

Free for UWE staff and students with ID. £6 / £5 Concessions. To book tickets call Arnolfni box office on: +44 (0)117 9172300 / 01 or email: /

Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.

Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.