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La Biennale di Venezia: Golden Lion to Tobias Rehberger for his café, created in collaboration with Artek.

Artek in Venice Tobias Rehberger terrace     Artek in Venice Tobias Rehberger terrace

Tobias Rehberger is awarded the Golden Lion as best artist at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Tobias Rehberger received the price for the cafeteria, for which he collaborated closely with Artek using customized Artek furniture in an ingenious way. The cafeteria created by Rehberger is a complex scheme of geometric forms with contrasting colors, a visually disorienting environment that draws from a specific example from the past: razzle dazzle or dazzle painting – a decorative style used on ships during the First World War.

The Awards and Opening Ceremony of the 53rd International Art Exhibition took place on 6th June 2009 at 5 p.m. in the Giardini. Tobias Rehberger was awarded the Golden Lion as best artist for, as the jury puts it, “taking us beyond the white cube, where past modes of exhibition are reinvented and the work of art turns into a cafeteria. In this shift social communication becomes aesthetic practice”.

The cafeteria of the Palazzo delle Exposizioni della Biennale is open for the public during the 53rd Biennale Art Exhibiton and well beyond.

Selected pieces which Tobias Rehberger created for the Biennale café will be sold as an art furniture edition. The sales are commissioned by Artek and the gallerist of Tobias Rehberger, Neugerriemschneider, Berlin.

For further inquiries, please contact:

Neugerriemschneider: +49 (0)30 2887 7277

Artek: / +358 40 563 6636

Downloadable high resolution images of the Art Edition Furnitures that are for sale can be found through this link.

Please click the images below, to download images in high resolution.

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