Tom Sachs

  • Timeline
    September 22, 2019 - April 26, 2020
    SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen
    Eschenbrünnlestraße 15
    Sindelfingen, Germany

    The SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen shows the first retrospective exhibition of the American artist Tom Sachs (born 1966) in Germany in over 15 years. Tom Sachs is known for his bricolage objects made of found materials and objects, where traces of his work remain clearly visible. The artist borrows his motifs from everyday culture, the consumer world, or history: Hello Kitty figures, the corporate design of McDonald’s, the space shuttle or even Chanel handbags. They are appropriated, decontextualized, and redesigned in his own aesthetics of the self-made.

    In addition to works from the Schaufler collection as well as international loans, a part of the show will be dedicated to the multipart installation Tea Ceremony, which has already been exhibited in the USA and Japan. Tee house, garden, sinks, koi pond, tea cups, and further utensils have been elaborately reproduced. As a further highlight, Sachs will design a large-format sculpture specifically for the museum: the twin towers of the World Trade Center before September 11, 2001.

    In the more than four-meter-long wall work Timeline, which gives the show its name, the artist traces his life’s path. Not only does the timeline include depictions of his own works and biographical events as well as documentary photographs from politics and world events, but also album covers and book titles. All these elements and influences are the basis from which Tom Sachs builds his alternative worlds. With inventiveness and irony, the artist critically questions the value of products and the meaning of existing rituals and ways of life.

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  • Tea Ceremony
    September 16, 2017 - January 7, 2018
    Nasher Sculpture Center
    2001 Flora St
    Dallas, USA

    Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony presents Sachs’ distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe.  In the Nasher’s indoor galleries, Sachs will set a tea house in a garden accessorized with variations on lanterns, gates, a wash basin, a plywood airplane lavatory, a koi pond, an ultra HD video wall with the sublime hyper-presence of Mt. Fuji, a bronze bonsai made of over 3,600 individually welded parts, and other objects of use and contemplation, all made from commonplace materials easily procured at local art supply stores or through the McMaster-Carr hardware catalogue.

    During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds.


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    September 16, 2016 - January 15, 2017

    Tom Sachs and his team of astronauts set their sights on the next frontier of space exploration in Space Program: Europas. Targeting Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, this expansive sculpture exhibition offers an unprecedented view into Sachs’ extraordinary artistic output and advances his quest to find extraterrestrial life with bricolaged sculptures. The exhibition will fill YBCA with everything his astronauts need to successfully complete their voyage—including the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Mission Control, the Apollo-era Landing Excursion Module (LEM), and special equipment for conducting scientific experiments—immersing the audience in a universe of sculpture occupying the entire downstairs galleries in addition to YBCA’s public spaces.

    Space Program: Europa will feature live activations of the Europa flight plan by Sachs’ astronauts during the opening and closing weekends. In these demonstrations, the astronauts will showcase the rituals and procedures of their mission, including the cultural export of chanoyu, the ancient art of the tea ceremony. Stay tuned for more information about the closing weekend. In the meantime, come by for a screening of A Space Program, a film that captures Sachs’ 2012 mission to Mars.

    Sachs has also created a new site-specific installation, Logjam CaféLogjam Café will be open to the public as a neighborhood coffee shop, occasional bar, and OCD rehab center, where visitors can experience firsthand the artist’s obsession with the tools of his craft.

    Tom Sachs’ Space Program: Europa exists in a universe with Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony, presented at the Noguchi Museum from March 23 to July 24, 2016. The project continues, post-Europa, in a return to earth and Tea Ceremony, at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, September 9, 2017 to January 7, 2018.


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    April 21, 2016 - August 14, 2016

    Paying tribute to a defining symbol of street music culture, Tom Sachs will transform the Brooklyn Museum's Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion into a living sound system through an installation of eighteen sculptural boom boxes. Hovering somewhere between art and science, functional and mythological, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999-2016 will go live on April 21 and run through August 14, 2016.

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    March 23, 2016 - July 24, 2016

    The Museum’s 30th-anniversary programming culminates with an installation by celebrated artist Tom Sachs. This major exhibition is the first at the Museum to present work by a single artist other than Noguchi.

    The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs’ distinctive reworking of the rituals and accoutrements of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe.


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    March 18, 2016 - March 25, 2016

    In A Space Program, Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. The film is both a piece of art in its own right and a recording of Sachs’ historic piece, Space Program 2.0: MARS, which opened at New York’s Park Avenue Armory in 2012.

    For Space Program 2.0: MARS, Sachs and his team built an entire space program from scratch. They were guided by the philosophy of bricolage: creating and constructing from available yet limited resources. They ultimately sent two female astronauts to Mars in search of the answer to humankind’s ultimate question… are we alone?

    Directed by Van Neistat, A Space Program is a captivating introduction to Sachs’ work for the uninitiated, and required viewing for his longtime fans.

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  • I Like America
    September 27, 2015 - September 4, 2016
    Schauwerk Sindelfingen
    Sindelfingen, Germany

    The exhibition I LIKE AMERICA, with works from the collection of Christiane Schaufler-Münch and Peter Schaufler, brings together over a hundred works of art by forty American artists.The presentation includes works from the period between 1960 and 2014 with an emphasis on the 1990s and 2000s. The exhibition traces back conceptual movements in painting, sculpture, graphic arts and photography since the 1960s with a focus on Abstract Expressionism, Pop-Art, Minimal Art, and Concept Art.

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  • The Artist Project
    June 24, 2015 - March 1, 2016
    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, launches the second season of The Artist Project, an online series in which 100 artists choose individual works of art or galleries that spark their imaginations. In this online series, artists reflect on what art is and what inspires them from across 5,000 years of art. Their unique and passionate ways of seeing and experiencing art encourage all museum visitors to look in a personal way.

    Over the course of five seasons, The Artist Project will share the perspectives of one hundred artists with the public, telling us what they see when they look at The Met.

    In Season 1 which started in March 2015 renowned artists such as Tom Sachs or Cory Arcangel participated in the project. In the second season Robert Longo, Rona Pondick and David Salle will share their view amongst seventeen other international artists.

    Read more about the The Artist Project by clicking here or click on the artists' name to discover their view on art as part of the project:

    Cory Arcangel

    Robert Longo

    Rona Pondick

    Tom Sachs

    David Salle

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  • Re-Corbusier. Sixteen Contem­porary Artworks at Maison La Roche
    April 1, 2015 - July 6, 2015
    Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris

    From 1 April – 6 July 2015 Tom Sachs´work will be part of the group show Re-Corbusier. Sixteen Contem­porary Artworks at Maison La Roche, Paris at the Fondation Le Corbusier, Paris.

    Organized upon the fiftieth anniversary of Le Corbusier's death, the Re-Corbusier show will feature some sixteen artworks from the 1990s to the présent- paintings, sculptures, installations- that explicitly allude to Le Corbusier's oeuvre.

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  • Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015
    January 24, 2015 - April 19, 2015
    The Contemporary Austin, Austin, USA

    In a multi-site exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, American sculptor Tom Sachs employs the iconography of the boombox and a large-scale play with forms to examine ideas of production, innovation, and desire.

    For The Contemporary Austin, the artist presents Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015, an immersive, interactive assemblage of sculptures, objects, and audio elements riffing on the “boombox”—the 1980s pre-iPod, hip-hop street badge of honor, and a nod to Sachs’s love of the genre.

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