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Michel Majerus

Mental Yellow. High Noon. The KiCo Collection (group show)
Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn
4 May - 20 August 2017

The KiCo Foundation was established in 2009 by the husband-and-wife collectors couple Hans-Gerd Riemer and Doris Keller-Riemer who began collecting young contemporary art about 20 years ago. Right from the beginning, it was important for them to cooperate with public museums. As a result, they have been working closely and continuously with the Kunstmuseum Bonn since 1995, their cooperation with the Lenbachhaus München beginning a little later. The selection of the artworks and the decision to buy them is always made in direct contact between the collectors and the directors of the Kunstmuseum Bonn and the Lenbachhaus. When acquiring new works, a special focus is put on how well the works complement the two museums' collections.

It is both the collectors' and the museums' idea to not only buy single works, but installations occupying entire rooms or groups of works that give a better insight into the artists' oeuvres.

Thus, over the last 20 years, a first-class collection has been established that originates in color painting and meanwhile comprises the entire spectrum from picture-based contemporary art to installation.

Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn


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Michel Majerus

In EUROPE everything appears more serious than in the USA (solo show)
Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld
15 June - 9 September 2018

Born in Luxembourg in 1967 the painter Michel Majerus became known for his skillful ”sampling” of a rich repertoire of various painting styles and visual spheres from diverse contexts. In summer 2018 the Kunsthalle Bielefeld will present the exhibition Michel Majerus – In EUROPE Everything Appears More Serious Than in the USA, which focuses on Majerus’s early works that have never been shown before in public. These works allow us to see how early the young artist came into the self-confidence and sense of ease that came to distinguish his later works. Even the early works were executed in the usually large format that later became typical of Majerus.

Michel Majerus studied painting from 1986 to 1992 at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart (State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart) under such teachers as K.R.H. Sonderburg and Joseph Kosuth. His initially astonishing choice of professors—a painter whose work is expressive and gestural, and a Conceptual Art start—shows the freedom with which Majerus addresses an extremely wide range of artistic expressive means. On one hand, Majerus’s approach to painting is influenced by images outside of the fine arts: comics, advertising, pornography, and music videos; on the other, he is influenced by recognized artists such as Frank Stella, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz, and others. His paintings feature figures from computer games, like Super Mario, as well as expressive brushwork that recalls Willem de Kooning’s painting. Majerus considers the popular iconography of the 1990s, with its logos, symbols, and codes as a signal, in the same way that he sees and makes free use of the stylistic means of art as a signal. He does not shy away from referring to stars of the New York art scenes of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, and Frank Stella.
Michel Majerus’s international breakthrough came in 1998, with his contribution to the Manifesta 2 in Luxembourg. In 1999 Harald Szeemann invited Majerus to design the outer façade of the Italian pavilion at the Venice Biennial. He created a text/image collage titled Sun in 10 Different Directions. Majerus died in an airplane crash on November 6, 2002.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld


Michel Majerus

Exhibition #3 (group show)
Sammlung Boros, Berlin
2017 - 2022

Im Bunker werden Werkgruppen aus der Privatsammlung Boros gezeigt.

Folgende Künstler sind in der aktuellen Ausstellung Sammlung Boros #3 zu sehen:
Martin Boyce, Andreas Eriksson, Guan Xiao, He Xiangyu, Uwe Henneken, Yngve Holen, Sergej Jensen, Daniel Josefsohn, Friedrich Kunath, Michel Majerus, Fabian Marti, Kris Martin, Justin Matherly, Paulo Nazareth, Peter Piller, Katja Novitskova, Pamela Rosenkranz, Avery Singer, Johannes Wohnseifer.

Sammlung Boros, Berlin