Gustav Metzger

September 16, 2015 – January 22, 2016



Gustav Metzger, Mass Media – Today and Yesterday (1972/2015), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2015, photo: Jens ZieheGustav Metzger, Mass Media – Today and Yesterday (1972/2015), exhibition view Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, 2015, photo: Jens Ziehe
Curator: Eva Scharrer

Withdrawal and protest have been, for decades, dominating the work of Gustav Metzger (b. 1926 in Nuremberg, living in London). His work aims at a profound social transformation. At Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Metzger presents
Mass Media – Today and Yesterday (1972/2015). This work, which Metzger has been continuously updating since 1972, is a space-filling installation of pallets with stacks of different newspapers. The visitors are encouraged to cut out pictures and articles from current newspapers, which they associate with the subjects that Metzger has always dedicated himself to: Extinction – in all its forms and manifestations; Endangered life in the oceans of the world, Reports on organic food use and production, Pollution in towns and in the countryside. The clippings are arranged along the wall as an ever growing and changing collage. Mass Media – Today and Yesterday is a work designed to be participatory and processual, its currentness is co-determined by the participation of the visitors.

Gustav Metzger (b. 1926 in Nuremberg) lives in London. Solo exhibitions (selection): Tate Britain, London (2015); Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico-City (2015); Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej, Centre of Contemporary Art Toruń (2015); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2014); Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2013); New Museum, New York (2011); Serpentine Gallery, London (2009); Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2007); Kunsthalle Basel (2006); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2005); Kunsthalle Nürnberg (1999); Oxford Museum of Modern Art (1995). Group exhibitions (selection): dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); São Paulo Biennial (2010); Gwangju Biennale (2010); Sharjah Biennial (2007); Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007); 50th Venice Biennale (2003); documenta 5, Kassel (1972).


* The Showroom will be closed from December 22, 2015 to January 4, 2016.