Jonathan Meese, ‘DR. FRÄULEIN TRAUMBRATEN (KUNST TRÄUMT DICH TAFELSPITZ, WIE LUMPI)’, 2017, Outset: Benefit Auction 2017

From the Catalogue:
Jonathan Meese is one of the best-known contemporary German artists. His diverse, highly individual work, powerful and unsettling, polarises opinion. It is influenced partly by his study of personalities in world history, of ancient myths and heroic epics, which the artist intensifies into a fantastical whole, using elements taken from popular culture. Always walking the tightrope of humoresque distortion, as an artist he consciously takes the risk of causing offence.
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About Jonathan Meese

Exploring such themes as revolution, the failures of ideology, and the role and power of art, Jonathan Meese’s wryly bombastic installations, paintings, sculptures, and performances emerge from the notion of the “Dictatorship of Art,” as he calls it. Having appointed himself its representative, Meese inserts his own image into most of his works, personifying characters from popular culture as well as those of his own devising, according himself cult status. Distinguished by an anarchic tone and Meese’s distinctive heavy metal aesthetic, the exhibition entitled “HOT EARL GREEN SAUSAGE TEA BARBIE (FIRST FLUSH)” (2011) featured paintings and prints, including a profusion of self-portraits, as well as magazine photo collages, large-scale installations, and bronze sculptures of monstrous human figures in the throes of hellish agony.

German, b. 1970, Tokyo, Japan, based in Berlin, Germany

Group Shows

2018
Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, 
Bad Salzdetfurth, Germany,
Planet Water
2016
Exhibition hall Arsenals, 
Riga, Latvia,
German Art Since The Late 1960s
2016
Latvian National Museum of Art, 
Riga, Latvia,
Wahlverwandtschaften, Deutsche Kunst seit den späten 1960er Jahren
2015
Salsali Private Museum, 
Dubai - United Arab Emirates,
GERMAN COOL
2013
GASK - Gallery of the Central Bohemian Region, 
Kutna Hora, Czechia,
Images For Images (Artists fir Tichy)
2011
Kunstfoyer Versicherungskammer Bayern, 
Munich, Germany,
Berlin zeichnet!
2011
Museum am Dom, 
Würzburg, Germany,
Der heilige Augenblick. Il Santo Momento
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