• Meuser, Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1980, steel, plastic, paint, and lead, 86 9/16 x 94 7/16 x 11 3/4".


    Kunsthalle Düsseldorf
    Grabbeplatz 4
    May 10–July 20, 2008

    Curated by Ulrike Groos and Meuser

    Ever since his first major solo show, at Büro Kippenberger in Berlin in 1979, Meuser has been known for his sculptures, wall objects, and installations made by combining found elements such as steel girders, gratings, and metal plates. With predominantly monochrome finishes, these works reveal the aesthetic potential and emblematic nature of industrially produced forms abstracted from their functions. The tensions among material, form, object, and space, which are emphasized by Meuser's often humorously free-associative titles, provide for ways of seeing that conjoin visuality and memory. Installed in collaboration with the artist to take into account the Kunsthalle's Brutalist architecture, this exhibition of some fifty pieces from the late 1970s to the present, organized by Ulrike Groos, promises a comprehensive overview of Meuser's oeuvre.

    Translated from German by Oliver E. Dryfuss.