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Air de Paris
Paris
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A pioneer of German Pop Art, Thomas Bayrle is best known for his ‘super-forms’, large images composed of iterations of smaller cell-like images. Humorous, satirical, and often political, his paintings, sculptures, and digital images are commentaries on the systems of control and domination in a rapidly globalizing economy, via allegorical references to traffic patterns, mass production, and the generic designs of popular goods such as wrappers and wallpaper. Bayrle draws readily on his experience of Cold War Germany as a microcosm of broader power struggles. _$_ (1980) is among Bayrle’s most recognizable works: a sculptural wall relief of a dollar sign-shaped cardboard motorway littered with plastic vehicles, meticulously painted and arranged in line with the colored squares on Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-3).

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Thomas Bayrle: PlaytimeNew Museum
2017
THOMAS BAYRLE: If It’s Too Long— Make It LongerMAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
2016
Thomas Bayrle: One Day on Success StreetICA Miami
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Spatz von Paris, 2011

2 CV engine, 2011 gutted machin / electrically driven on steel platform / Sound collage of 2 cv engines, Edith Piaf Song
Location
Paris
AP
Air de Paris
Paris
Medium
Image rights
© All rights reserved courtesy Air de Paris, Paris

A pioneer of German Pop Art, Thomas Bayrle is best known for his ‘super-forms’, large images composed of iterations of smaller cell-like images. Humorous, satirical, and often political, his paintings, sculptures, and digital images are commentaries on the systems of control and domination in a rapidly globalizing economy, via allegorical references to traffic patterns, mass production, and the generic designs of popular goods such as wrappers and wallpaper. Bayrle draws readily on his experience of Cold War Germany as a microcosm of broader power struggles. _$_ (1980) is among Bayrle’s most recognizable works: a sculptural wall relief of a dollar sign-shaped cardboard motorway littered with plastic vehicles, meticulously painted and arranged in line with the colored squares on Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie (1942-3).

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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