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
Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are
Zimmerstraße 89, Berlin-Mitte
12 June – 31 July 1999
following a lecture by JEREMY RIFKIN on the occasion of the exhibition OPEN SOURCE: ART AT THE ECLIPSE OF CAPITALISM at Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris; Participants: Jeremy Rifkin; Arnaud Brillois, Director at Lazard Frères Gestion and private collector; John Gerrard, artist; Josh Kline, artist; Natasa Petresin-Bachelez, art critic and independent curator, managing editor of the online platform "L'Internationale"; Moderator: Simon Castets, director of the Swiss Institute, New York, co-founder of "89plus"
Palais de Tokyo, Paris
14 March 2015
Early Works (solo show)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
22 October 2022 – 15 January 2023
Michel Majerus, Grace Weaver et al.
24h (group exhibition)
31 August – 5 November 2022
Michel Majerus. Zum 20. Todestag (solo show)
Sprengel Museum Hannover
20 July – 10 October 2022
Michel Majerus et al.
Nothing is Permanent (group show)
Konschthal Esch, Esch-sur-Alzette
17 June – 23 November 2022
kosuth majerus sonderborg (group show)
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin
28 April 2022 – 18 March 2023
Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945), Michel Majerus (1967–2002), K. R. H. Sonderborg (1923–2008): three names, three worlds – decidedly disparate in their approaches, divergent in their ...