Jonathan Meese
DR. 50/50FITTYMEESE (Pump Away Reality)

Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp / Belgium

January 23–March 12, 2020
January 20, 2020
Tim Van Laere Gallery
Jos Smolderenstraat 50
2000 Antwerp

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Tim Van Laere Gallery is pleased to announce DR. 50/50FITTYMEESE (Pump Away Reality), the fourth solo exhibition by Jonathan Meese. The opening of the show celebrates Meese’s 50th birthday. The exhibition will include paintings and sculptures. 

Jonathan Meese (1970 Tokyo, lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg) is renowned for his multi-faceted work, including wildly exuberant paintings, installations, ecstatic performances and a powerful body of sculptures in a variety of media. Apparently effortlessly, he has developed in all genres an independent and at the same time unique vocabulary that gives his work a variety, visual energy and quality which, according to Robert Fleck, has been unheard of since Picasso. All of Meese's work share a humor tending towards the grotesque, as well as a powerful, original creative will. Both are driven and supported by a striving for a rule of art, the Dictatorship of Art. What is meant here is the development of a new world order where art is the legislative power, and free play the foundation of all life and creation.This utopian approach runs like a leitmotif through all his works and brings his individual parts of the oeuvre together to form the Jonathan Meese Gesamtkunstwerk. He does not aim at anarchy, but rather the rule of metabolic necessity: 'Art is total play.' From this principle, he deconstructs, ornamentalises and caricatures all forms, words, and symbols, stripping them of their original semantic meaning.

Jonathan Meese has exhibited globally with museums and leading art galleries including solo shows at Pinakothek der Moderne, München; Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna; Museum der Moderne, Salzburg; GEM, The Hague; CAC Málaga, Málaga; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; De Appel Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; group shows at Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Holstebro; Museu de Arte de São Paulo, São Paulo; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow; MARTa Herford, Herford; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Hall Art Foundation, Schloss Derneburg Museum.