Daniel Templon and the artist Jonathan Meese at Daniel Templon Gallery all photos by Caroline Claisse for Art Observed
Art Observed was on site to meet German artist Jonathan Meese for his opening reception at the Daniel Templon Gallery in Paris. Renowned for his unconventional and at times rebellious behavior in the Berlin art scene, the St. Neutralité exhibition marks the first opening for the artist after a two-year hiatus from gallery shows. Now 40, Meese returns filling two venues of the gallery—the Rue Beaubourg exhibits the artist’s recent paintings, and the Impasse Beaubourg houses an installation of new and old sculptures. Citing Paris as the “City of Love,” Meese chose it as the debut home for his new “lighter,” more humorous works.
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Meese’s new paintings capture an increased exploration of the medium. Diverse in technique and approach, they vibrantly overflow with paint, collage, graffiti, and various slogans rendering the apparent subject matter at times humorous and also violent.
Die Erzwiege “Diktatur der Kunst” schlaft nie: Die Humpty-Dumpty Wiege der Zukunft Ist Das Grosste Zukunftswunder der Totalstkampfzeit “Keine Ohnmacht”, also pennt die Demokratie weg, es bringt’s…, (2010)
The artist’s sculpture installations feature mini-installations, figurines, primitive and futuristic bronzes—the result of a decade of practice in three-dimensional work. They echo similar sculptural works displayed recently at the artist’s first major solo museum show in the US at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Miami this past December. Meese brings such sculptural works together in the hope that they “talk amongst themselves,” and also that they critique his paintings. “The sculptures have to be satisfied,” says Meese.
Jonathan Meese was born in 1971 in Toyko and lived in both Berlin and Hamburg before taking up permanent residence in the capital. His energetic and vibrant work is influenced from images sourced from Stanley Kubrick, Richard Wagner, and Marquis de Sade, as well as Twentieth-century artists Picasso and Matisse. The figures he has appropriated have led him to develop his own distinct mythology. Since 2004 he has devoted himself more toward performance, with notable works such as Noël Coward is Back, taking place at the Tate Modern in 2006, and his Improvisation on Wagner’s Parsifal at the Berlin Staatsoper in 2005. His work has been exhibited throughout the world at major museums and private galleries.
Jonathan Meese, Jacques Toubon and Daniel Templon
Exhibition Page [Galerie Daniel Templon]