Jonathan Meese

Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (NAK)

Immediately following his first solo exhibition—a crowded installation in which walls, floors, and even ceilings were strewn with photocopies, handwritten notes, film posters, album covers, and the ripped-out pages of books—Jonathan Meese, who was born in Tokyo in 1972 and now lives in Hamburg and Berlin, was invited to participate in the 1998 Berlin Biennale. On that occasion, he offered a slightly different version of his original piece, filling a large space with another “allover” installation. For the length of its run, the artist spent a lot of time at the exhibition—casually talking or having a drink with visitors, giving performances—and in so doing seemed to become an integral part of his own installation. A kind of Gesamtkunstwerk emerged that was closely tied to Meese’s person (an impression reinforced by the many photographic self-portraits populating the space).

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