Jonathan Meese

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Born in 1970 in Tokyo, Jonathan Meese is a German artist who lives in Berlin. He has developed an uncategorizable body of work, lying somewhere between expressionism and actionism, combining painting, sculpture, installations and performance. His personal mythology is a blend of historical, legendary and science fiction references, evoking figures as varied as Fantômas, Maldoror and Stalin, all of whom represent different facets of the artist’s identity. His work espouses the ‘dictatorship of art’.






Ticket to the moon - Group show



The show is dedicated to artistic comments on the moon landing and to the moon as a symbol of human dreams, desires, and speculation. Featured in it are works from the time when the race to the moon started in the 1950s, direct reactions to the moon landing after 1969, and also very recent positions of younger artists. 


KUNSTHALLE KREMS, KREMS, GERMANY
From 14/07/2019 to 03/11/2019


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HALL ART FOUNDATION, SCHLOSS DERNEBURG, GERMANY
From April to October 2019


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Dr. ZUHAUSE: K.U.N.S.T (Erzliebe) "Mother" - "Father" - Solo shows



Jonathan Meese carries out in the city of Lübeck , under the title Dr. Zuhause: K.U.N.S.T (Erzliebe), the largest exhibition project of his career presenting a solo exhibition in each of the city's art institutions, including an extensive retrospective of his work at the Kunsthalle St. Annen. A massive invasion of the city by art.

 


KUNSTHALLE ST.ANNEN & OVERBECKGELLSCHFT, LÜBECK, GERMANY
from 31/03/2019 to 04/08/2019


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DR.ZUHAUSSE : K.U.N.S.T (Erzliebe) - Group show



Jonathan Meese carries out in the city of Lübeck , under the title Dr. Zuhause: K.U.N.S.T (Erzliebe), the largest exhibition project of his career presenting a solo exhibition in each of the city's art institutions, including an extensive retrospective of his work at the Kunsthalle St. Annen. A massive invasion of the city by art.


ST. PETRIKIRCHE/GÜNTER GRASS HAUSS, LÜBECK, GERMANY
From 17/02/2019 to 04/08/2019


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« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » - group show



« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will bring together 73 international artists in Oostende chosen by curators Jan Fabre and Joanna De Vos and will present 52 new creations of young and experienced artists.
The exhibition discusses the artist's quest and the duality of the creation, based on isolation and engagement.
Artists from different generations and different paths were invited to question the link between « Le radeau de la méduse » (1818) of Théodore Géricault and Jan Fabre's work « Le Radeau est (pas) solitaire (1986) ».

The curators have the intention to stimulate the city in order to make it (re)discovered. Besides the well-known museum, they looked for more unsual places like the Peperbusse restaurant, le 
Palais de Justice, the Eurpacentrum building, the stables of the Wellington track race or the crypts of the Sint-Jozef church.

« The Raft. Art is (not) Lonely » will be an artistic journey disseminated in 22 places of the « City by the sea » .
 


OSTENDE, BELGIUM
From 21/10/17 to 15/04/18


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The Men Who Fell From Earth - group show



Three international heavyweights in contemporary painting will join forces when Danish Tal R and his two German colleagues and friends, Jonathan Meese and Daniel Richter, hold a joint exhibition at Holstebro Kunstmuseum, under the title ‘The Men Who Fell from Earth’.

In recent decades, with an almost unrestrained energy, these three artists have made a name for themselves as significant innovators of the painting tradition. Their inspiration is often drawn from the borderline of what is generally acceptable, and the result is fabulous imagery that demonstrates great colouristic and expressive strength. Although there is sometimes a lot of humour present, the subjects addressed by Jonathan Meese, Daniel Richter and Tal R are both serious and urgent.

Photo © Hanna Putz
HOLSTEBRO KUNSTMUSEUM, Denmark
From 16/09/2017 to 7/01/2018

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The Artist/Knight
(Group show)



Knights appeal to everyone’s imagination. What does this iconic symbol stand for? Do the knightly codes and values still have meaning today? Curator Joanna De Vos investigated and now creates in Gaasbeek Castle an international group exhibition of modern artistry as a ‘legacy’ of knightly ideals. 

With works by Marina Abramović, Uldus Bakhtiozina, Horia Damian, Robert Devriendt, Davide Dormino, Jan Fabre, Laurent Grasso, Phil Griffin, Oda Jaune, Kubra Khademi, Meiro Koizumi, Pere Llobera, Barbara Kruger, Kris Martin, Jonathan Meese, Fabien Mérelle, Benjamin Moravec, Eleni Mylonas, Luigi Ontani, Antonis Pittas, Quiet Ensemble, Gabriel Roca, Rob Scholte, Adeela Suleman, Hannelore Van Dijck, Hans Van Houwelingen, Marko Velk, Antonello Viola, voorforvaast fanclub and Andy Wauman


GAASBEEK CASTLE
From 7/11/17 to 11/5/17 


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Parsifal's Traum: Chefsache »K.U.N.S.T.« - solo show
In cooperation with Wiener Festwochen 


»MONDPARSIFAL ALPHA 1-8 (ERZMUTTERZ DER ABWEHRZ)« is the title that Jonathan Meese gave to his outer-space production of an opera by Bernhard Lang, which will premiere at the 2017 Wiener Festwochen festival. As the title suggests, this is a reinterpretation of the subject matter of Richard Wagner’s last opera »Parsifal« (1882).

In the Picture Gallery, he now lands a new group of works, flying in like a spaceship. Four places south of the Alps that were home to schools of painters become associative theatrical venues, in which Meese, like in »MONDPARSIFAL,« explores the significance of art for the future, interrogating the Old Masters. At the same time, he responds to them with his own pictures and a Janusface, »CHEF DER KUNST« (the boss of art).

 


KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM & WIENER FESTWOCHE, VIENNA, AUSTRIA
From 5/12/2017 to 7/18/2017 
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