Anselm REYLE



Born in Tubingen, Germany, Anselm Reyle studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart and at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe. He moved to Berlin in 1997 where he started a collaboration with John Bock, Dieter Detzner, Berta Fischer and Michel Majerus. From 1999 to 2001, Reyle was been working together with Claus Andersen and Dirk Bell for the artists' co-operative gallery ‘Andersen’s Wohnung’ as well as ‘Montparnasse’ with Dirk Bell and Thilo Heinzmann. After having held a position as guest-professor at the Staatlichen Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Karlsruhe, Berlin and Hamburg, Reyle became a professor in Drawing/Painting in Hamburg in 2009.

Anselm Reyle employs a plethora of techniques using both traditional media mixed with coloured foils, window displays, rich acrylic colours and pastes, automotive lacquer, and everyday items taken from urban areas. By removing these materials from their contexts and masking their original function, Reyle varies the degree to which each of them retain their respective visual reference. Utilizing formulas of appropriation, the work lets the viewer shift between moments of identification of individual elements within the work and periods of alienation due to their new context. Even the exhibition and work titles are very often citations from different fields, such as song texts. They function as objets-trouvés of the artist´s repertoire.

The discrepancy in his works between the primarily sublime ideal of abstraction and the seemingly provocative decorative visual orientation generates an ambivalent tension and it is in this space that the form and subject matter drift apart. The spontaneity of concept and dynamic vitality of his works stand in contrast to the complex technical transformation that is itself only achievable with the help of many sophisticated technical processes used by the artist in collaboration with specialized companies. The outsourcing of his artistic process is also found in his studio structure, where the artist has employed a team since 2001.

In addition to his studio work, Reyle’s interest in experimenting with unusual materials is also expressed in site-specific installations, such as his exhibition ‘Acid Mothers Temple’ in the Kunsthalle Tübingen (2009) or ‘Elemental Threshold’ (2010) in the Museum Dhondt Dhaenens, Belgium.


Anselm Reyle, Untitled (Iridescent box), 2013
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2009
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2003
Anselm Reyle, Untitled, 2006