The Power Plant

Jonathan Meese: The Humpty Dumpty Revolution of Dictatorship of Art

Sat Oct 04 2008

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jonathan Meese first gained international recognition at the inaugural Berlin Biennial in 1998. Working in painting, sculpture, installation, and performance, Meese has since developed a highly personal lexicon in which historical figures and narratives intermingle with self-portraiture and mythological symbols. His performances  sometimes described as "social exorcisms"  are fueled by an unruly Dionysian energy and characterized by an ambiguously moody sensibility. Tragic personae find themselves displaced into a helter-skelter existence of random pop cultural references. For his first performance in Canada, Meese has conceived of a puppet show, The Humpty Dumpty Revolution of Dictatorship of Art.

Jonathan Meese, born in Tokyo in 1970, studied at the Hamburg Art Academy under Franz Erhald Walter. His recent shows have taken place at Watermill Foundation and Bortolami in New York, Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin, Daniel Templon in Paris and Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna.


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