Michel Majerus

Michel Majerus - Galerie Max Hetzler

Michel Majerus’s (1967–2002) work can be seen as the capturing of the visual culture of a moment. Majerus was fascinated by the specific imagery of his time: 1990's advertisement and its slogans, brands and their logos as well as the emerging importance of the internet and computer technology with its digital aesthetics. But also pop cultural phenomena like comics, graffiti or techno mark recurring motifs of his work. During only a decade-long career, the artist created an enormous oeuvre, including paintings, installations, murals, collages and video works. His spontaneous and rapid way of working combined with a deep curiosity bore a multi-faceted body of work with a very distinct spatial sensibility.

‘Majerus’s production of images and visual environments, in fact, represents one of the very few recent approaches to painting that cannot be understood in terms of a return to anything from the past. His art had a specific kind of newness – not the lofty, if contested, “originality of the avant-garde”, but the prepackaged newness of the latest cell-phone graphic or just-released sneaker from Nike. Majerus's art was about this newness.’

Daniel Birnbaum, Search Engine. The Art of Michel Majerus in: Artforum, 2006

Image: Ohne Titel, 2000, acrylic on cotton, 301,5 x 333 cm

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