Michel Majerus’s (1967–2002) work can be seen as capturing the visual culture of a moment. Majerus was fascinated by the specific imagery of his time: 1990s advertisement and its slogans, brands and their logos, and the emerging importance of the internet and computer technology with its digital aesthetics. Alongside this, pop cultural phenomena such as comics, graffiti or techno mark recurring motifs within his work. During his tragically curtailed, decade-long career, the artist created an extensive oeuvre, spanning painting, installation, murals, collage and video work. His spontaneous and rapid mode of working, combined with a deep curiosity, bore a multi-faceted body of work with a 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.’

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

Image: Ohne Titel, 2000, acrylic on cotton, 301,5 x 333 cm, courtesy of © Michel Majerus Estate 2000 and neugerriemschneider, Berlin




Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg


Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart


DAAD scholarship, Los Angeles


Died Niederanven, Luxembourg


Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris



MUDAM, Luxembourg


Data Streaming
Kunstverein Hamburg

Ölbilder. Michel Majerus im Dialog mit der Sammlung Ludwig

Ludwig Forum Aachen

Early Works
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin

Michel Majerus: Progressive Aesthetics
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami

Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin

Michel Majerus. Zum 20. Todestag
Sprengel Museum, Hanover


In EUROPE everything appears more serious than in the USA
Kunsthalle Bielefeld


Michel Majerus. Laboratorium für die Feststellung des Offensichtlichen
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

Michel Majerus – Aluminium Paintings
neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Michel Majerus – Aluminium Paintings
Matthew Marks Gallery, New York


Michel Majerus. Printer's Proof
Galerie l'Indépendance, BIL, Luxembourg


Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris


Matthew Marks Gallery, New York (catalogue)


Mace the space ace

Art Basel Unlimited, Basel

Beautiful Way

Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin


CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (catalogue)


Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (catalogue)

zweihundertvier sechzigmalsechzig

neugerriemschneider, Berlin


Knaackstrasse 12, Berlin


lost forever

neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken (catalogue)


yet sometimes what is read successfully, stops us with its meaning

Nosbaum & Reding Art Contemporain, Luxembourg


liebt euch

neugerriemschneider, Berlin


MUDAM, Luxembourg


demand the best don’t accept excuses

Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg

Olympia 2050. Michel Majerus

Sprüth Magers Lee, London

progressive aesthetics

neugerriemschneider, Berlin

what looks good today may not look good tomorrow

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam;
kestnergesellschaft, Hanover

Michel Majerus. Installationen 92–02

Kunsthaus Graz Universalmuseum Joanneum


Pop Reloaded

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (catalogue), travelled to:
Tate Liverpool



Brandenburger Tor, Berlin


Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

controlling the moonlight maze

neugerriemschneider, Berlin


Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens


if we are dead, so it is

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

demand the best don‘t accept excuses

Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne

The space is, where you’ll find it

The Delfina Studio Trust, London


Björn Dahlem – Michel Majerus

Schnitt Ausstellungsraum, Cologne

sein lieblingsthema war sicherheit, seine these – es gibt sie nicht

neugerriemschneider, Berlin


Asprey Jacques, London

Jenny Holzer – Michel Majerus

Galerie Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

as soon as possible

Gió Marconi, Milan

Stefan Hirsig – Michel Majerus

Galeria Mário Sequeira, Braga


never trip alone. always use 2 player mode

Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens


Space Safari

Anders Tornberg Gallery, Lund


Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe


Aesthetic Standard

Grazer Kunstverein


Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne

fertiggestellt zur zufriedenheit aller die bedenken haben

neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Summerhits 96: Michel Majerus

The Museum of Modern Art Syros

Michel Majerus

Kunsthalle Basel (catalogue)


Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg



neugerriemschneider, Berlin


polish women

allgirls gallery, Berlin


Mr. Proper und anderes

Zellermayer Galerie, Berlin



Michel Majerus / Kurt Schwitters: miteinander gegenüber #6
Kunsthalle Bielefeld

24h (in collaboration with Super Super Markt)
Braunsfelder, Cologne

kosuth majerus sonderborg
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

Nothing is Permanent
Konscthal Esch, Esch-Sur-Alzette


Now or Never – 50 Years LBBW Collection
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (catalogue)

Lovely Creatures
Ludwig Forum, Aachen


majerus wool warhol…“cold beer” the “smudge tool” and other short stories
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin


Paintings from the 1980s and 1990s. MUDAM Collection
MUDAM, Luxembourg

The World on Paper – Sammlung Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle - Museum Palais Populaire, Berlin

The Materiality of the painterly event
Parko Eleftherias, Athens Municipality Arts Center, Athens

German Art
Galleri K, Oslo

Faithless Pictures
National Museum, Oslo

Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Wentrup Gallery, Hamburg


Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Mental Yellow. High Noon. The KiCo Collection (group show)
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn

Exhibition #3
Sammlung Boros, Berlin


Fridericianum, Kassel


Painting 2.0: Expression in the Information Age
Museum Brandhorst, Munich

Accrochage 3: Pop & Music
Foundation Louis Vuitton, Paris

I Got to Have One of Those
Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich

After an Early Death
Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

best students, best teachers, best school: Michel Majerus, Albert Oehlen, Laura Owens
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin


Gifts/New Acquisitions
Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Thomas Bayrle / Harald Pridgar: Indian Cucumbers Dedicated to Michel Majerus
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

Alte Fabrik, Rapperswil

Traces of Modernism
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Art in Europe Since 1945: Beyond Boundaries
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki


Michel Majerus and Andreas Eriksson: Levitation
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin

Expansion of the Combat Zone, 1968–2000. The Collection Part 3
Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Auf Zeit, Wandbilder – Bildwände
Kunsthalle Bielefeld

Das Glück kommt aus dem Nichts. Werke aus der Sammlung Wilhelm Otto Nachf
Kunsthalle Nürnberg

Gegenwartskunst der Sammlung und der Kico Stiftung
Lenbachhaus, Munich

Contemporary German Art: Selections from the permanent collection
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis

A more perfect day – Collection of Mudam Luxembourg
Artsonje Center, Seoul

Lies about Painting
Moderna Museet, Malmö

Thomas Bayrle: Dedicated to Michel Majerus
The Artist’s Institute, New York


Keine Zeit – Erschöpftes Selbst / Entgrenztes Können
21er Haus, Vienna

Pink Kaviar – New Acquisitions 2009–2011
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek


MMK 1991–2011, 20 Jahre Gegenwart
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt


Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence

If Not In This Period of Time. Contemporary German Painting: 1989–2010
Museu De Arte De São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand, São Paulo (catalogue)


Slow Painting
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen (catalogue)

The World is Yours – Contemporary Art
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebaek (catalogue)

Access All Areas – a drawing exhibition
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Sammlung Reloaded
Kunstmuseum Bonn

Extended. Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg
ZKM / Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe


Now’s the Time
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
BlueBalls, Art Production Fund LAB, New York

DRESSing the MESSAGE. Transformationen von Kunst und Mode
Sprengel Museum, Hanover (catalogue)

Painting; Now and Forever, Part II
Greene Naftali Gallery and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Pop! goes the weasel
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe


PX: Snow Falls in the Moutains without Wind
St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland

Von Bill Viola bis Aernout Mik. Werke aus der Sammlung der Nationalgalerie
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany
Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim (catalogue)

Comic Abstraction: Image-Breaking, Image-Making
The Museum of Modern Art, New York (catalogue)

Reality Bites: Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis (catalogue)


RADAR Selections from the Collection of Vicki & Kent Logan
Denver Art Museum, Denver (catalogue)

Open House – Casa Aberta
Centro de Arte Contemporânea Inhotim, Minas Gerais

Essential Painting
The National Museum of Art, Osaka (catalogue)


36 x 27 x 10
White Cube Berlin

Golden Krust
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York
10 foreign artists
Galleri K, Oslo

Atelier 5 – 9 Bauten 9 Künstler
Kunsthalle Bern

Generation X. Junge Kunst aus der Sammlung
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Same Old Shoe
Gimpel Fils, London

La nouvelle peinture allemande
Carré d’Art, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Nîmes

EXIT. Ausstieg aus dem Bild
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Willem de Kooning
Kunstforum Wien


BIACS – Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla
I Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (catalogue)

Kunst – ein Kinderspiel
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

Heißkalt. Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

was malerei heute ist
Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim

Treasure Island, 10 Jahre Sammlung Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

Werke aus der Sammlung Boros
ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (catalogue)

no more reality
Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Copenhagen


SUPERNOVA: Art of the 1990s from the Logan Collection
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (catalogue)

Heißkalt. Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung Scharpff
Hamburger Kunsthalle (catalogue)

Sitings: Installation Art 1969–2002
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

some things we like...
Asprey Jacques Gallery, London

actionbutton. Neuerwerbungen zur Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2000–2002
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

20th anniversary show
Monika Sprüth – Philomene Magers, Cologne

c/o Atle Gerhardsen, Berlin


Reality Check: painting in the Exploded Field, Works from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection
CCAC Institute, Oliver Center, Oakland

The Starting Line
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

Hossa. Arte Alemán del 2000
Centro Cultural Andratx, Mallorca

Kunst nach Kunst
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (catalogue)

Lila, weiß und andere Farben. A Summer Group Show
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Painting on the Move
Kunsthalle und Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel (catalogue)

Flamm – Heinzmann – Majerus – Majewski – Nader
Asprey Jacques Gallery, London

Exposition collective
Palais de Tokyo, Paris


Wiedervorlage D5 – Eine Befragung des Documenta-Archivs zur Documenta 1972
Documenta-Archiv, Kassel (catalogue)

Casino 2001
Museum of Contemporary Art (S.M.A.K.), Ghent
gravures de peintres
Niels Borch Jensen Verlag und Druck, Berlin

Poetry in Motion
MindBar, Lund

Update #3. What looks good today...
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg​​

Viel Spaß
Espace Paul Ricard, Paris

M Art In(n)
n.n., Helsingborg

Oh Pardon, sind sie der Graf von Luxemburg?
Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin

Freestyle. Werke aus der Sammlung Boros
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen


Brix-Kunstraum, Berlin

Delfina Project Space, London

Malkunst – Aktuelle Malerei in Berlin
Fondazione Mudima, Milan

The Sky is the Limit
Taipei Biennale, Taipei

CN Négociations
Centre Régional d ́Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète (catalogue)

at your service
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

mission impossible
Charim Klocker, Vienna

Colour Me Blind! Painting in the age of computer games and comics
Dundee Contemporary Arts

hausschau – das haus in der kunst
Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

at your service
Gasser & Grunert, New York

Colour Me Blind! Painting in the age of computer games and comics
Städtische Ausstellungshalle am Hawerkamp, Munich


Colour Me Blind! Malerei in Zeiten von Computergame und Comic
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (catalogue)

German Open. Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg (catalogue)

Die Schule von Athen
Municipality of Athens - Technopolis, Athens

kraftwerk BERLIN
Aarhus Kunstmuseum (catalogue)

Originale echt/falsch
Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (catalogue)

Le Capital: tableaux, diagrammes, bureaux d’études
Centre Régional d ́Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète (catalogue)

48th Venice Biennale (catalogue)

objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Kunsthalle Basel (catalogue)

zoom. Ansichten zur deutschen Gegenwartskunst
Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart

Lè Grand Præmière Opénïng Shöw
Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen

de coraz(i)ón
Tecla Scala, Barcelona (catalogue)

expanded design
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg

Made in Berlin
House of Cyprus, Athens


Made in Berlin
Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art, Rethymno (catalogue)

10 Jahre Open Art München
n.n., Munich (catalogue)

Manifesta 2
European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Luxembourg (catalogue)

Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe

Das Jahrhundert der künstlerischen Freiheit. 100 Jahre Wiener Secession
Secession, Vienna (catalogue)

Tell Me a Story: Narration in Contemporary Painting and Photography
Magasin, Centre National d‘Art Contemporain de Grenoble (catalogue)


Topping Out
Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (catalogue)

Franz Ackermann: 5%, Michel Majerus: Qualified, Tobias Rehberger: Water-colour
Giò Marconi, Milan

Faustrecht der Freiheit
Sammlung Volkmann, Gera

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart


Alle Neune
ACC Galerie, Weimar

Hamburger Kunstverein

something changed
Helga Maria Klosterfelde, Hamburg

Malerei III
Monika Sprüth Galerie, Cologne

Kunstraum Wien


Ausstellungsraum von J. Kosuth, Stuttgart

Under Thirty
Galerie Metropol, Vienna


Ausstellungsreihe zwei
Kunstinstitut Stuttgart


und wieder kommt kein Schwein
Klinik, Stuttgart



Michel Majerus Estate: Indian Cucumbers. Dedicated to Michel Majerus, Berlin, 2014

Matthew Marks Gallery: Michel Majerus, New York, 2014

Editions Saint Paul (Ed.): Progressive Aesthetics, Luxembourg, 2013

CAPC Bordeaux (Ed.): Michel Majerus, Bordeaux, 2012

Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Ed.): Michel Majerus, Berlin, 2012

Udo Kittelmann (Ed.): Michel Majerus: If we are dead, so it is. Zurich, 2007

Ralf Christofori, Michel Majerus, Peter Pakesch Raimar Stange: Michel Majerus: Installationen 92–02, Cologne, 2005

Michel Majerus, Peter Pakesch (Eds.): What Looks Good Today May Not Look Good Tomorrow, Cologne, 2005

Joachim Jäger (Ed.): Michel Majerus: Los Angeles, Cologne, 2004

Schwabe (Ed.): Michel Majerus, Basel, 1996


Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus / Kunstbau München (Eds.): An der Isar. Gegenwartskunst im neuen Lenbachhaus, Munich, 2013

Johan Holten, Friedrich Meschede (Eds.) Auf Zeit, Cologne, 2013

Veit Loers (Ed.): Das Glück kommt aus dem Nichts, Nuremberg, 2013

Phaidon (Ed.): Defining Contemporary Art: 25 Years in 200 Pivotal Artworks, London, 2011

Tereza de Arruda, Teixeira Coelho Netto, Harald Falckenberg (Eds.): Se Não Neste Tempo: Pintura Alemã Contemporânea 1989–2010, São Paulo, 2010

Markus Heinzelmann (Ed.): Slow Paintings, Nuremberg, 2009

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: The World Is Yours, Humlebaek, 2009

Lutz Casper, Gregor Jansen (Eds.): Extended, Heidelberg / Berlin, 2009

Saarlandmuseum (Ed.): Michel Majerus, Saarbrücken, 2009

Elfriede Schalit, Kevin Hart (Eds.): Slow Motion oder: das Halbe und das Ganze, Bern, 2009

Sprengel Museum: Dressing the Message: Transformationen von Kunst und Mode, Hanover, 2008

DuMont Buchverlag: Stations: 100 Meisterwerke Zeitgenössischer Kunst, Cologne, 2008

The Museum of Modern Art: Comic Abstraction. Image Breaking, Image Making, New York, 2007

Hatje Cantz: Reality Bites. Making Avant-Garde Art in Post-Wall Germany, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2007

Staatliche Museen zu Berlin: Zehn Jahre Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für
Gegenwart, 1996–2006, Berlin, 2006

National Museum of Art, Osaka (Ed.): Essential Painting, Osaka, 2006

Denver Art Museum: Radar: Selections from the Collection of Vicki and Kent Logan, Denver, 2006

Frauke Boggasch, Dominik Sittig (Eds.): Elend. Zur Frage der Relevanz von Pop in Kunst, Leben und öffentlichen Badeanstalten, Nuremberg, 2006

DuMont Buchverlag (Ed.): Die Kunst im Bundeskanzleramt: Malerei, Skulptur, Fotografie, Cologne, 2005

Götz Adriani, Silke Immenga (Eds.): Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2004

Taschen Verlag (Ed.): Berlin Style, Cologne, 2004

Ingrid Ehrhardt, Beate Kemfert (Eds.): Was Malerei Heute Ist, Rüsselsheim, 2004

Madeleine Grynsztejn (Ed.): Supernova, San Francisco, 2003

Michael Borlik (Ed.): Heisskalt, Stuttgart, 2003

Phaidon (Ed.): Vitamin P. New Perspectives in Painting, London, 2002

Zdenek Felix, Harald Falckenberg, Bazon Brock (Eds.): Pump Haus: Sammlung Falckenberg, Berlin, 2002

Taschen Verlag: Art Now: 137 Artists at the Rise of the New Millennium, Cologne, 2002

Gerhard Finckh, Susanne Küper (Eds.): Freestyle: Werke aus der Sammlung Boros, Cologne, 2002

Neues Museum Weserburg (Ed.): Kunst Nach Kunst, Bremen, 2002

Bürgi B. Mendes, Peter Pakesch (Eds.): Painting on the Move, Basel, 2002

Roland Nachtigäller, Friedhelm Scharf, Karin Stengel (Eds.): Wiedervorlage D5: Eine Befragung Des Archivs Zur Documenta 1972, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2001

Gerard Hadders, Christoph Heinrich, Nina Zimmer (Eds.): German Open. Gegenwartskunst in Deutschland, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2000

Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Ed.): The Sky Is the Limit. 2000 Taipei Biennial, Taipei, 2000

Taschen Verlag (Ed.): Art at the Turn of the Millennium, Cologne, 1999

Ralf Christofori (Ed.): Colour Me Blind! Malerei in Zeiten von Computergame und Comic, Cologne, 1999

Centre Culturel Tecla Sala (Ed.): De Coraz(i)ón, Barcelona, 1999

Neues Museum Weserburg (Ed.): Originale Echt Falsch, Bremen, 1999

Anders Kold (Ed.): Kraftwerk Berlin, Aarhus, 1999

Kunsthalle Basel (Ed.): Nach-Bild, Basel, 1999

Jaroslava Bubnová (Ed.): Wiener Secession, 1898–1998: Das Jahrhundert der künstlerischen Freiheit. Munich, 1998

Robert Fleck, Maria Lind, Barbara Vanderlinden (Eds.): Manifesta 2. European Biennial for Contemporary Art, Luxembourg, 1998

House of Cyprus and Rethymnon Centre for Contemporary Art: Made in Berlin. Eine neue Künstlergeneration, Athens, 1998

Centre National d’Art Contemporain: Raconte-moi une histoire: La narration dans la peinture et la photographie contemporaines, Grenoble, 1997

Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (Ed.): Topping Out, Nordhorn, 1997


Selected Press

Mousse Magazine Summer 2017

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