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Jonathan Meese

Berlin, Germany

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Installation, Painting, Performance, Sculpture • Born in Tokyo, Japan • Studied at Hochschule der Bildenden Kuenste, Hamburg
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“Only art is the Leader!”

Jonathan Meese entered the world with a Big Bang. Ever since then, his cosmos has been developing and expanding. One planet is his huge studio, located in a former waterworks building. The whole ensemble is like a small town. There is a group of buildings around a courtyard, and besides the studio (actually several studios in a row) a well maintained library and some multi purpose facilities are at hand.

Normally Jonathan Meese...

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Jonathan Meese entered the world with a Big Bang. Ever since then, his cosmos has been developing and expanding. One planet is his huge studio, located in a former waterworks building. The whole ensemble is like a small town. There is a group of buildings around a courtyard, and besides the studio (actually several studios in a row) a well maintained library and some multi purpose facilities are at hand.

Normally Jonathan Meese lives and works rather withdrawn, which is a regular result of too much popularity. Making this studio visit possible was preferential treatment he sometimes grants to friends.

“Johnny” that´s how his mother calls him - was waiting together with her in the sun when we arrived. Brigitte Meese must be mentioned because she pulls some strings in order for the cosmos to keep at least some decent structure.

As everybody knows, Jonathan Meese’s artistic life and work is very complex.
His performances are legendary, and so is his theatre and opera work. All these activities and creations go right into Jonathan Meese’s paintings and sculptures. He ejects his artworks apparently drawing on unlimited resources. Others might fail from outside pressure, but Jonathan transforms it right into positive energy. His artworks are completely out of his own origin and truly distinctive. He has no models of other artists, except perhaps Picasso, whom he named as the (only) contemporary artist he knew when being interviewed on occasion of his art school entrance examination. Jonathan Meese had no concept. Things just happened, because he is so original and unique.

Over the time he developed his own philosophy, the “Dictatorship of Art”, to which he submits himself, pursuing higher plans: “Art must rule the world” Jonathan Meese’s proclaims. “Only art is the Leader!”

Read more about his current work and shows on www.jonathanmeese.com

KONVERSATION - ZARDOZ II ERSCHEINE !


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2016

David Nolan Gallery, New York

2015

Spitzenmeesige Women (Schniddeldiddelson), Tim van Laere Galley, Antwerp

PUMP UP THE VAMPIRE, PUMP UP THE VAMPIRE, PUMP UP THE VAMPIRE, SMELL!, Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland

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GROUP

2016

Zwischen zwei Horizonten. Deutsche und französische Avantgarden aus dem Saarlandmuseum, Centre PompidouMetz, Metz

Retour au meilleur des mondes, FRAC Auvergne, ClermontFerrand

Le Cabinet des Merveilles – 15 ans d ́acquisitions des musées de Strasbourg, Musée d ́Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg, Strasbourg

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For more information and inquiries about this artist, please contact Artitious by emailing to artist@artitious.com

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