Over the past 20 years, German painter, sculptor, performance and installation artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970) has explored themes of ancient myths, heroic epics and history (particularly that of Germany). This catalogue is the most comprehensive retrospective of his provocative work.
Over the last 15 years, German artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970) has created around 100 printed works, which are presented here in their entirety along with a formal catalogue raisonné of his print production. The large-format lithographs, etchings and woodcuts generally depict effigies, which serve both as metaphors of cultural history and the alter ego of the artist.
This volume collects the complete sculptural work of Jonathan Meese-which tend to quickly spill over into paintings, installation, video and collage. Meese is the maker of his own cosmos, which is inhabited by Caligula, Stalin, the Marquis de Sade, Richard Wagner, Balthus and Dr. No, to name only a few. Pursuing this cosmos, Meese has now rediscovered Atlantis and here reaches "The Arch-State of Atlantisis.
Meese creates his own universe far removed from the norm. His world features extravagant scenery settings made out of pictures, texts, emblems, signs and symbols, and word-creations that deal with mythological and historical figures, pop stars and his heroes from fiction and film. It is a world populated by, among others, Caligula, Stalin, Marquise de Sade, Richard Wagner, Balthus, Zardoz and Dr.