Thomas Bayrle
Gewitter im April, 1969
24,8 × 31,5 inches
(63 × 80 cm)
Edition of 25
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Thomas Bayrle

Structures and series characterize the work of Frankfurt artist Thomas Bayrle. Influenced by Pop Art and the consumer and advertising world of the 1960s, he uses their aesthetics and at the same time questions them. Starting from his original training as a weaver and pattern designer, he makes use of machine possibilities that enable serial work. He is one of the first German artists to use computers to create his works. His detailed and precise works often have an ornamental character due to the repetitive structures.

He has exhibited regularly nationally and internationally since the 1960s. His works are in the collection of the Museum Ludwig, Cologne, the Deutsche Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, among others.


born in Berlin, Germany

1956 - 1958
Apprenticeship as pattern draftsman and weaver

1958 - 1961
Study of commercial art at the Werkkunstschule Offenbach

Founding of Gulliver Press with Bernhard Jäger in Bad Homburg

1969 - 1972
Creative workshop "Bayrle & Kellermann - The Makers of Display" in Frankfurt with Hans Jörg Kellermann

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Faule Stellen, neugerriemschneider, Berlin.
Durchscheinen ist alles, neugerriemschneider, Berlin.
Monotony in a Hurry, Gladstone Gallery, New York.
Thomas Bayrle, Galerie Johann Widauer, Innsbruck.

Haufen i.Fon’s, neugerriemschneider, Berlin.
Thomas Bayrle, dépendance, Brüssel.
Caravaggio our times / Caravaggio billion times, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Rom.

Playtime, New Museum, New York.
Thomas Bayrle, Johann Widauer, Innsbruck.

Wenn etwas zu lang ist – mach es länger, MAK, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Wien.
Pieta for World War I, Tapisserie du Centenaire,, Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie Aubusson, Aubusson.

Flying home, Installation im Flughafen Turin, Artissima, Turin.
Thomas Bayrle, Lenbachhaus, München.
One Day on Success Street, Thomas Bayrle, ICA - Institute for Contemporary Art, Miami.
Cowboy Tapisserie Pietà, Air de Paris, Paris.
Seniorenfeier, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden.
Thomas Bayrle: 40 Jahre Chinese Rock’n’Roll, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main.

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