The Mayor Gallery Home Artists Exhibitions Art Fairs Inventory Publications Gallery Info

 Back To Current Exhibitions   

CHRISTIAN MEGERT: a new space    Jan 11 - Feb 24, 2012

Lightbox (p.41)
Christian Megert
Lightbox (p.41), 1965
Untitled (p.65)
Christian Megert
Untitled (p.65), 2011
View :    Current Exhibitions   Past Exhibitions      

In September 2011, James Mayor, John Austin and Hubertus Schoeller of the Mayor Gallery met with Christian Megert to discuss the forthcoming Megert exhibition, first at the gallery and afterwards during an excellent dinner near the Cork Street premises. James Mayor invited Christian Megert to give his view of the origins of Zero and to explain his own contribution to the development of the group in this catalogue. What he produced is not a complete presentation. In the form of a scarce curriculum vitae, Megert recalls, without pathos, events, meetings and facts. He explains his manifesto, his own cultural-political engagement and describes the connections and relationships between the various artists’ groups in Europe after World War 2, from 1957 until their worldwide recognition. The exhibition is arranged retrospectively: two typical mirror objects from the early 60s consist of several concave or convex, slightly tilted, partly overlapping vertical pieces of mirror. From the same time are his ‘labyrinthian lightbox’, a ‘cigar box’, and a ‘glass book’. As an example from the 70s we have an ‘endless light room’ and a light-kinetic object. The two mirrored compartment -pieces represent the 80s. The works from the last two decades are, with few exceptions, objects composed of polychrome mirror, glass and wood. They should be seen in the context of Megert’s earliest, monochrome, ‘mirror shards’.

Franziska Megert

artnet—The Art World Online. ©2014 Artnet Worldwide Corporation. All rights reserved. artnet® is a registered trademark of Artnet Worldwide Corporation, New York, NY, USA.