If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer

Wed, 25.10.2017—Mon, 2.4.2018

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts

In his solo exhibition that reflects the MAK Collection, Thomas Bayrle (born in Berlin in 1937) 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 develops his legendary “superforms” as a reference to cultural and industrial icons like Jesus Christ, Mao, the highway, or the smartphone. He composed the oversize stage set iPhone meets Japan (working title, 2017) for the MAK Columned Main Hall out of iPhones; under the auspices of digital interconnectivity, it oscillates between a couple who briefly indulge in a play of scents, and architectural elements.

With Bayrle’s project, the MAK becomes the arena for a newly established interaction between art and craft, artist and weaver. Drenched in blue, Bayrle has created the ornamental image area of the iPhone Pietà (working title, 2017), a tapestry woven by hand in France, using smartphones—simultaneously ornament, apparatus, and adornment—and has translated the cultural code of the pietà into an atmospheric portrayal of social and political events.
Curators: Nicolaus Schafhausen, Bärbel Vischer

The publication THOMAS BAYRLE: Musterzeichner/Pattern designer, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Nicolaus Schafhausen, and Bärbel Vischer, with texts by Spyros Papapetros, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, and Bärbel Vischer (German/English), is available at the MAK Design Shop.
This exhibition was produced in cooperation with Phileas - A Fund for Contemporary Art.

Guided Tours

Guided Tour of the Exhibition
till 10.12.2017: Sat, 2 p.m. and Sun, 3 p.m.
as of 16.12.2017: Sat, 2 p.m.

Tour of the MAK and the Exhibition
Tue, 6 p.m. 

Dialogue Tour
Tue, 14.11., 8 p.m.
with Thomas Bayrle and the curators Nicolaus Schafhausen and Bärbel Vischer

Curator Guided Tours

Thu, 25.1.2018, 4 p.m.
Tue, 6.2.2018, 7 p.m.
Tue, 27.2.2018, 7 p.m.

with curator Nicolaus Schafhausen

Thu, 9.11., 4 p.m.
Thu, 7.12., 4 p.m.
Tue, 19.12., 7 p.m.
Fri, 9.3.2018, 4 p.m.

with curator Bärbel Vischer

MAK Design Kids

Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Participation fee: € 8
Limited number of participants
Sat, 04.11.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Sat, 03.02.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Sat, 03.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
The artist Thomas Bayrle uses an endless number of miniature pictures to build his impressive collages, which he calls “superforms.” In the workshop we will explore these images, which are made up of smartphones, highways, and apples. Then every child will make their very own superform: equipped with iPads, we will search the MAK for objects, take photos of them, and then use a special app to design a unique and personal ornament with them. The result: a work of art and a sheet of wrapping paper that you can take home with you!


Workshop and guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 4,50 per child
Reduced admission for accompanying adults 
Sat, 11.11.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
buy buy BAYRLE
Everything in abundance—in Thomas’ work, everything appears more than once. Lots of apples, lots of cars, lots of highways, lots of cups. MINI MAK will show you lots of works by the artist Thomas Bayrle in the hope that they will give you lots of inspiration for your very own works. 
Sat, 24.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Whether it’s cars or data, it’s flowing and growing—and it’s all interweaving. After a guided tour of the Thomas Bayrle exhibition, we will weave structures and fields out of cardboard, paper, and string. 


Wed, 15.11.2017, 3.00 pm registration no longer possible
THOMAS BAYRLE If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer
Tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond. 


Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults
Sun, 19.11.2017, 11.00 am 
Sun, 18.02.2018, 11.00 am 
Motif Matrix Money
Guided tour through the whole museum in search of motifes and matrix.
Sun, 21.01.2018, 11.00 am registration no longer possible
Lots of a Little Makes Something Big!
Apples, chairs, streets, and intersections—tracking Thomas Bayrle throughout the MAK

MINI MAK in Advent

Workshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Fee for materials € 2.00 per child and day
Reduced admission for accompanying adults
Sat, 02.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Sat, 09.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 16.12.2017, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
MOTIF, MATRIX, MONEY— Thomas Bayrle Inspires!
Super superforms are our example—but can we do even better? We can try—we’ll tug and tear, stick and copy, draw and cut, scale up and down, and multiply. We think that Thomas Bayrle really is a great artist. 


Exhibition view
MAK Exhibition View, 2017
THOMAS BAYRLE. If It’s Too Long—Make It Longer
Thomas Bayrle, Installation iPhone meets Japan, 2017
MAK Columned Main Hall
© MAK/Georg Mayer
Thomas Bayrle, Feierabend 1970
Courtesy of the artist
Exhibition view
Thomas Bayrle, Apfelbrei, 1974
Lithografie auf Papier
Exhibition view
Thomas Bayrle, $, 1980
Karton, Miniaturautos