Michel Majerus


We know what lies beyond the looking glass, but what if Alice had stepped into a painting? The Berlin artist Michel Majerus shows us what Alice might have found: distorted images of virtually everything that has ever appeared on canvas. A sampling of Majerus’s painterly quotations could be seen at the entrance to the Italian Pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale. Painted directly on the facade, Complexity/ Inhale Exhale, 1999, literally transformed the building, which contained an enormous collection of contemporary artworks, into the space behind a painting—hinting that Majerus will likely soon plunder its contents as well.

In his most recent show in Berlin, one could find allusions to Carl Andre, Tom Wesselmann, Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Ryman, Frank Stella, Lawrence Weiner, and Sigmar Polke, among others. Mailbox (all works 1999), a giant empty frame made of white drywall,

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