previews

  • Jonathan Meese, Jonathan Meese ist Mutter Parzival (Jonathan Meese is Mother Parsifal), 2005. Performance view, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 2005. Photo: Jan Bauer.

    Jonathan Meese, Jonathan Meese ist Mutter Parzival (Jonathan Meese is Mother Parsifal), 2005. Performance view, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 2005. Photo: Jan Bauer.

    Jonathan Meese

    Deichtorhallen Hamburg
    Deichtorstrasse 1 + 2
    April 28–September 3, 2006

    Curated by Robert Fleck

    Ultimate myth-o-man, post-Beuysian neo-shaman, excessive ritualist—the possibilities for describing Jonathan Meese abound, perhaps not surprisingly, as his art is also of and about abundance. Seeking the thrills of the too-much, this painter, installation artist, and performer fought his horror vacui in recent shows in Frankfurt and Copenhagen by expanding his list of heavyweight obsessions (Kubrick and Kinski, Wagner and Balthus). He’s also added the Hitler salutation to his gestural repertoire and set design to his portfolio. The roughly two hundred objects here, made by the artist and collaborators Daniel Richter, Raymond Pettibon, Jörg Immendorff, and Albert Oehlen, revolve around a Meese-designed set for the adaptation of Pitigrilli’s Weimar-era novel Kokain, to be performed on-site.