Thomas Bayrle
Jacke wie Hose

4-color silkscreen on Arches 88 300g paper
54 x 67 cm
Edition of 80 + 10 AP

EUR 750.00

(excl. 19 % VAT)

On the occasion of Assembly, Thomas Bayrle was invited to create an installation at a local laundromat, where the artist’s fascination with serial patterns and mechanics integrates seamlessly with the row and repetitive movement of the washing machines. Originally published in the artist book Feuer im Weizen (Fire in the Wheat) (1970), Bayrle’s Jacke wie Hose depicts clothes tossed into the air alongside a male and female figures. Throughout his practice he has been concerned with the relationship between individuals and objects often focusing on the interplay between technology, consumerism, and mass society.

The sale of the edition benefits the forthcoming publication on Helke Bayrle’s series Portikus Under Construction, 1992–2022. What began as a personal documentation of the artists preparing their shows quickly developed into a unique video archive. Over 30 years, Helke Bayrle recorded more than 200 exhibitions in progress. All videos can be viewed online at The book is set to be released in 2024.

Thomas Bayrle (*1937, Berlin, Germany) lives and works in Frankfurt am Main. He taught at the Städelschule from 1975 to 2002 and is considered a pioneer of Pop Art and one of the first German artists to incorporate computer-generated imagery. His works have been on view, among others: New Museum, New York (2018); Lenbachhaus, Munich (2016); Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main (2014); The Artist’s Institute, New York (2013); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2013); Museum Ludwig, Cologne (2012); Kistefos Museet, Oslo (2011); MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2009). Bayrle has also participated in documenta (2012; 1977) and the Venice Biennale (2009), among others.

Exhibition from James Gregory Atkinson, Thomas Bayrle, Ayşe Erkmen, Slavs and Tatars, Sung Tieu Assembly