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Thomas Rentmeister

Berlin, Germany

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Conceptual art, Installation, Sculpture • Born in Reken, Germany • Studied at Kunstakademie Duesseldorf
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"Through and Through"

This visit is like a déja-vu-tour. Thomas Rentmeister keeps some of his older works in his studio, and one can notice that he must have influenced many younger artists.

In order to preserve some of his art-pieces, storage is a big issue for Thomas. His works are often large and sometimes huge. This might also be the reason he is more often collected and represented - like the Museum Ludwig Köln - by museums than by private...

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This visit is like a déja-vu-tour. Thomas Rentmeister keeps some of his older works in his studio, and one can notice that he must have influenced many younger artists.

In order to preserve some of his art-pieces, storage is a big issue for Thomas. His works are often large and sometimes huge. This might also be the reason he is more often collected and represented - like the Museum Ludwig Köln - by museums than by private collections, which increases his acclaim as an artist even more.

At present he is working on another large-scale structure lying in the central space of his studio. “I found it on the studio grounds and I saw the potential to make an art piece out of it”, Thomas explains.
'Working', also means that the piece is just there and Thomas considers – for a longer period – what to do with it. This is a debate between him and the found object, and inspiration comes in stages.
Sometimes he acts immediately, like with the two “Penaten” screen prints. “They were sent back to me like this, pathetically wrapped from a show”, Thomas laughs. “I decided to keep them just like that, as an artwork”.

For a change, Professor Thomas Rentmeister, who teaches at Braunschweig University of Art, often performs as a DJ for his students. “I play Techno Music to them through and through”, Thomas grins, “and they love it!” Yes, he has a very humorous side, sometimes edging on sarcasm.
On his own website www.thomasrentmeister.de, which chronicles all of his works and is as precisely done as no other website, you can see what I mean. Check out the titles as well!

Huge and humorous are not the only apparent attitudes of Thomas Rentmeister and his works. When he showed us an old work-model from 1984 and held it almost like a child, I could also see love, dedication and tenderness…

Untitled | 1984 | cardboard | 23 x 54,5 x 29,5 cm | photo: Jörg Hejkal

Untitled | 1984 | cardboard | 23 x 54,5 x 29,5 cm | photo: Jörg Hejkal

Untitled | 1988 | lacquered steel, ventilator, bituminised gravel | 215 x 214 x 214 cm | exhibition view Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2001 | photo: Jörg Hejkal

Untitled | 1988 | lacquered steel, ventilator, bituminised gravel | 215 x 214 x 214 cm | exhibition view Kölnischer Kunstverein, 2001 | photo: Jörg Hejkal

Yello and Fred | 1990 | zwei Filzstifte | 6 x 13 x 1 cm | photo: Jörg Hejkal

Yello and Fred | 1990 | zwei Filzstifte | 6 x 13 x 1 cm | photo: Jörg Hejkal

in the front: Untitled | 1994 | polyester resin | 38 x 160 x 149 cm | edition of 3 | exhibition view Kölnischer Kunstverein | Cologne 2001| photo: Jörg Hejkal

in the front: Untitled | 1994 | polyester resin | 38 x 160 x 149 cm | edition of 3 | exhibition view Kölnischer Kunstverein | Cologne 2001| photo: Jörg Hejkal

Untitled | 2012 | refrigerator shelves, cable ties | 190 x 210 x 210 cm | exhibition view Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2012 | refrigerator shelves, cable ties | 190 x 210 x 210 cm | exhibition view Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Eisenschokolade | 2012 | cast iron | 13 x 100 x 100 cm | edition of 3 | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Eisenschokolade | 2012 | cast iron | 13 x 100 x 100 cm | edition of 3 | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2011 | Styrofoam, Styrodur, tape, colour dust | 30 x 50 x 40 cm | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2011 | Styrofoam, Styrodur, tape, colour dust | 30 x 50 x 40 cm | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2012 | multiple sockets | approx. 65 x 1080 x 520 cm | exhibition view Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2012 | multiple sockets | approx. 65 x 1080 x 520 cm | exhibition view Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2013 | refrigerator shelves | approx. 102 x 320 x 55 cm | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2013 | refrigerator shelves | approx. 102 x 320 x 55 cm | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2013 | chicken wire, Nutella | approx. 240 x 800 x 560 cm | exhibition view Kunsthalle Mannheim | photo: Bernd Borchardt

Untitled | 2013 | chicken wire, Nutella | approx. 240 x 800 x 560 cm | exhibition view Kunsthalle Mannheim | photo: Bernd Borchardt



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