As one of the most significant contemporary artists and a professor at the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main for many years, he has inspired generations of artists and to this day he remains a mentor for young artists. In an international context, Bayrle became known among other things thanks to his participation in the Venice Biennale (2003 and 2009) as well as documenta (1964, 1977, and 2012).
In his solo exhibition that reflects the MAK – Museum of applied arts / Contemporary arts, Vienna – Collection, Thomas Bayrle combines traditional craft techniques with the computer-generated art of the Information Age. Using the metaphors of dyeing, weaving, and programming, Bayrle explores the ambivalence of art, craft, and industry and gives rise to kaleidoscopic shapes—Mass Ornaments. Bayrle—who explores contemporary media—develops a narrative around the interaction between communication design, the individual, and society.
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Bärbel Vischer