Agreement reached in plagiarism row between artists
A checkerboard work by Tobias Rehberger, covered up because of a complaint from the Op Art painter Bridget Riley, will soon go on view again
By Julia Michalska. Web only
Published online: 15 January 2014
A wall-sized, black-and-white checkerboard work by Tobias Rehberger, commissioned by the Berlin national library but concealed for almost year because of a complaint brought by the British Op-Art painter Bridget Riley, will again go on show.
The piece was at the centre of a legal row between Rehberger and Riley, who said it plagiarised her painting Movement of Squares, 1961, and demanded it be removed from display in the library’s reading room. Rehberger argued that the checkerboard pattern was part of the public domain. The work was covered up instead, but will soon be unveiled following an agreement reached Wednesday, 15 December in a Berlin court. The work can stay put but must carry the caption: Uhrenobjekt nach Movement in Squares von Bridget Riley (clock object after Movement in Squares by Bridget Riley).
The controversial installation has not been visible to the public since the case started in March 2013, and is the first in a four-part series of works that the German artist was commissioned to create for the national library.
Meanwhile, it was also announced today that Rehberger will have a major retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. “Tobias Rehberger: Home and Away and Outside” is due to run from 21 February to 11 May.
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