Gustav Metzger


Gustav Metzger was a pioneer of ecological art, whose complex way of thinking and artistic practice focused on effecting profound societal change. His cross-genre, multidisciplinary work took its starting points in the political and ecological issues of his time, such as the nuclear arms race and increasing environmental destruction. Starting in 1959, Metzger began developing the concept of “autodestructive art”. In a first manifesto, he defined it as a “form of public art for industrial societies” which, by means of self-destructive elements, would reflect the destructive potential of the 20th century. The focus of many of Metzger’s works and performances are processes of dissolution, such as the destruction of canvases by acid or the erosion of steel monuments. Metzger also developed the principle of “auto-creative art” and formulated the idea of using computer technology artistically at an early stage. His early drawings, which are offered by n.b.k., originate from a series that was shown publicly for the first time at documenta 13 (2012) and are very different from his later works. Juxtaposed with the autodestructive works, they clearly express the contrasts that define Metzger’s oeuvre. Solo exhibitions of Metzger’s work included at: Circuit, Lausanne (2018); West Den Haag (2018); Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice (2017); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (2016); Tate Britain, London (2016); Museo Jumex, Mexico City (2015); Centre of Contemporary Art in Toruñ / Poland (2015); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2015); Kunsthall Oslo and Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2015); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2014).



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1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

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Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member
sold out


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member
sold out


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member
sold out


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member


Untitled
1958/1959, charcoal drawings, 31 × 41 cm
10 unique works, certificate

9.600 euro member, 10.500 euro non-member
sold out