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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


Thomas Bayrle “One Day on Success Street”

Opening Night
Tue, Nov 29, 2016

Join ICA Miami for Miami Art Week Opening Night, celebrating the opening of “One Day on Success Street,” a major survey for the work of Thomas Bayrle, the first American museum presentation dedicated to the renowned German artist. The Opening Night Members Preview will be followed by an After-Party featuring the Miami debut of Psychic TV. ICA Miami members, art fair VIP cardholders, and invited guests of the museum are welcome to join. Not a member? Join today!

“One Day on Success Street” traces Bayrle’s profound observations of human civilization—particularly through developments in technology and our environments—over the course of his nearly 50-year career and across a range of mediums. A centerpiece of the survey will be Wire Madonna, a newly commissioned site-specific installation created for ICA Miami’s Atrium Gallery that sees the artist interpreting the icon of Madonna and Child in steel, marking the artist’s largest sculpture to date.

About Thomas Bayrle

Known for his prescient depictions of mega cities and bodies consumed by machines, Thomas Bayrle (b. 1937) is a Frankfurt-based artist whose works spans mediums and movements including Pop, Op, and Conceptual art. His humorous and satirical multi-media works are characterized by “super- forms,” large images composed of repetitive smaller cell-like patterns. His work is influenced by his experience of growing up in post-Nazi Germany, where he trained and worked as an industrial weaver. Other major influences include the Frankfurt School of political and aesthetic theory and his collaborations on corporate identities with international corporations.

Bayrle has been honored with countless solo exhibitions, including at the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Madre Museum, Naples; WIELS, Brussels; Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; and Portikus, Frankfurt. Recent major group exhibitions include: “The Great Mother,” Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan, Italy; “The World Goes Pop,” Tate Modern, London, UK; “Heaven,” 2nd Athens Biennial, Athens, Greece; “Making Worlds,” La Biennale di Venezia, 53rd International Art Exhibition, Arsenale, Venice, Italy; 2008 Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia; “4th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art: Of Mice and Men / Of Mice and Men,” KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; and Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China; as well as dOCUMENTA 3 (1964), 6 (1977), and 13 (2012). In 2012, he was awarded the Arnold Bode Prize and was also commissioned by Frieze London to create installations for the fair’s public spaces. More recently, Bayrle’s work was included in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s International Pop exhibition, a group show that chronicled the emergence of Pop Art as an international movement. Bayrle’s work is included in major collections, including Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Städelmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany; Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Fonds Regional d’Art Contemporain du Limousin, Limoges, France; Seattle Art Museum, Washington; Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois.