While many jet-setters pack light, conceptual artist Tobias Rehberger packed up his favourite Frankfurt bar when he came to New York earlier this month for the Frieze Art Fair. Well, sort of. In the basement of the Enrique Norten-designed Hotel Americano, the artist, working with his London gallerist Pilar Corrias, has replicated the tiny Frankfurt artist hangout as a pop-up piece of sculptural art.
The long and narrow space mimics the size and layout of the original Bar Oppenheimer. Rehberger even furnished the space with the same bar stools and light fixtures; plus, he lined the walls with identical tall radiators. To complete the bar-cum-installation, the artist applied his signature geometric patterns. A bold motif of black-and-white zig-zags covers every surface and thin strips of red and orange are interspersed throughout. The mind-boggling effect is Rehberger’s nod to dazzle camouflage, a naval tactic used in World War II that saw complex overlapping patterns adorn warships in an effort to mislead enemy fire.
Bar Oppenheimer is open until July 14 at 518 West 27th St. in New York.