Gustav Metzger - Decades 1959–2009

The Serpentine Gallery presents a major exhibition of work by the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger, examining his life-long exploration of politics, ecology and the destructive powers of 20th-century society. Metzger’s career has spanned over 60 years and this is the most extensive survey of his work to be shown in the UK.

The exhibition draws together the themes and methodologies that have informed the London-based artist’s practice from 1959 until the present day. The broad cross-section of works on view include Metzger’s auto-destructive and auto-creative works of the 1960s, such as his pioneering liquid crystal projections; the ongoing Historic Photographs series, which responds to major events and catastrophes; and later works exploring ecological issues, globalisation and commercialisation. Film footage of seminal performances and actions are exhibited, as well as a new, participative installation using the archive of newspapers Metzger has been collecting since 1995.

The Serpentine has collaborated closely with Metzger on a number of projects since 2006, including the Interview Marathon, 2006, Experiment Marathon in both London and Reykjavik, 2007, and Manifesto Marathon, 2008. The artist also spoke at the Serpentine’s On the Conditions of Politics conference in 2007. Metzger’s work has been widely exhibited internationally and he has previously had solo exhibitions at workfortheeyetodo, London; Generali Foundation, Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Lund Konsthall, Sweden; and Modern Art Oxford.

Gustav Metzger, Eichmann and the Angel 2005. Industrial conveyor belt, wall of Guardian newspapers and reproduction of Paul Klee’s Angelus Novus 1920. Commissioned by Cubitt, Installation at Lunds Konsthall, Sweden. Photograph Lunds Konsthall/Terje Östling. © 2009 Gustav Metzger. Courtesy the artist and Emanuel von Baeyer – London.
Gustav Metzger - Decades 1959–2009


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