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Michel Majerus, Grace Weaver et al.

24h (group exhibition)
Braunsfelder, Cologne
31 August – 5 November 2022

Image: Courtesy of © BRAUNSFELDER & Super Super Markt
Image: Courtesy of © BRAUNSFELDER & Super Super Markt

Organised in collaboration with Super Super Markt, the group exhibition 24h at Braunsfelder, Cologne, includes works from Grace Weaver and Michel Majerus, among others. 

Braunsfelder


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Grace Weaver et al.

HOW TO & KNOW-HOW (group show)
Neue Galerie Gladbeck
26 August – 23 October 2022

Installation view: Grace Weaver, How To & Know-How, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, 2022. Photo: Jana Buch
Installation view: Grace Weaver, How To & Know-How, Neue Galerie Gladbeck, 2022. Photo: Jana Buch

Works by Grace Weaver are featured in the group exhibition HOW TO & KNOW-HOW at the Neue Galerie Gladbeck. Curated by the Artistic Director of the museum Luisa Schlotterbeck, the exhibition presents new work by six contemporary women Artists. 

Neue Galerie Gladbeck


Michel Majerus

Michel Majerus. Zum 20. Todestag (solo show)
Sprengel Museum Hannover
20 July – 10 October 2022

Image: Michel Majerus, Massnahmen ..., 1994. © Michel Majerus Estate 2022. Photo: Herling/Herling/Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover
Image: Michel Majerus, Massnahmen ..., 1994. © Michel Majerus Estate 2022. Photo: Herling/Herling/Werner, Sprengel Museum Hannover

The Sprengel Museum Hannover is presenting their collection of works by the late Michel Majerus, to mark the 20th anniversary of his death. The exhibition, Michel Majerus. Zum 20. Todestag, features the Luxembourgish artist's iconic large-scale colourful works on canvas alongside a range of smaller works on paper. The Sprengel Museum Hannover is one of 13 museums in Germany that are presenting their entire collection of Majerus' work, following which a joint catalogue will be published to document the multiple presentations.

Sprengel Museum


Michel Majerus et al.

Nothing is Permanent (group show)
Konschthal Esch, Esch-sur-Alzette
17 June – 23 November 2022

Image: Michel Majerus, Newcomer, 1999. Installation view, Nothing is Permanent, 2022, Konschthal Esch, Esch-Sur-Alzette. Photo: © Lukas Roth
Image: Michel Majerus, Newcomer, 1999. Installation view, Nothing is Permanent, 2022, Konschthal Esch, Esch-Sur-Alzette. Photo: © Lukas Roth

Michel Majerus' painting Newcomer, 1999, is on show at the Konschthal Esch in the Luxembourgish artist's home town of Esch-sur-Alzette, on the occasion of the city being awarded the European Capital of Culture for 2022. The work is one of 23 featured in Nothing is Permanent, a large exhibition of sculptures and paintings installed throughout public spaces and institutions across Esch-Sur-Alzette. Starting from the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the exhibition's walking route connects 23 monumental works by established and emerging international artists.

Nothing is Permanent


Grace Weaver et al.

How (Not) to Fit In – Metaphors of Adolescence (group show)
Villa Merkel, Esslingen
8 May – 17 July 2022

Installation view: Villa Merkel, Esslingen, 2022, photo: Frank Kleinbach
Installation view: Villa Merkel, Esslingen, 2022, photo: Frank Kleinbach

Works by Grace Weaver are included in the group exhibition How (Not) to Fit In – Metaphors of Adolescence, which will be on view at the Villa Merkel in Esslingen from 8 May until 17 July 2022.

Adolescence is commonly located in youth, but our complex present means that its typical dynamics – negotiations between the individual and society, between self-perception and perception of others, or between emancipation and integration – now last a lifetime. The rapid confrontation with different roles and the light-footed adaptation to constantly changing expectations no longer characterise only "apprenticeship and wandering years", but have become normative requirements that affect us all again and again. Nevertheless, all social groups are by no means equally free to determine their life paths. Media clichés and structural discrimination ensure that many people live and struggle with imposed role attributions and glass ceilings, or are exposed to stereotypical expectations.

This exhibition brings together artistic contributions that open up intersectional perspectives on adolescence, as well as on adolescence as a metaphor, for social dynamics. In addition, common media narratives are questioned and experiences of discrimination and their overcoming are addressed. In the exhibition, the artistic examination of liberation from restrictive life plans, overcoming predefined paths and rejecting stereotypical role models does not lead to an egocentric self-reflection. Rather, it focuses on social structures and the personal confrontation with them. Through the diversity of artistic references, experiences can be experienced that also lie beyond traditional narratives, creating a multi-faceted, critical and differentiated panorama of growing up, puberty and adolescence.

Villa Merkel


Michel Majerus

kosuth majerus sonderborg (group show)
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin
28 April 2022 – 18 March 2023

Image: Michel Majerus, Erwachet!, 1999, © Michel Majerus Estate, 2022, courtesy of private collection. Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin
Image: Michel Majerus, Erwachet!, 1999, © Michel Majerus Estate, 2022, courtesy of private collection. Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

The Michel Majerus Estate is delighted to present kosuth majerus sonderborg, an exhibition curated by Peter Pakesch.

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 reception, and yet closely linked. Majerus began his studies at Kunstakademie Stuttgart in the late 1980s, first as a student in Sonderborg’s painting class, and from 1991, under Kosuth. This exhibition showcases works by Michel Majerus together with those of his two professors for the first time, tracing an artistic connection that spans generations.

The history of Modern art, in its efforts to create a unified image and perception of the world, was particularly heterogenous – a heterogeneity that rejected contrarian assertions and consistently provided occasion for intense dispute over ideology and conceptual direction: abstraction versus figurativism, intellectual calculation versus expressive, spontaneous impulse. As the 20th century came to a close, this is what prospective artists were confronted with as they commenced their education.

Competing notions of concept and text versus gesture and spontaneity become one in Michel Majerus’ work, drawing parallels to the immediacy of video games. By way of Joseph Kosuth, Majerus came face-to-face with the very source of an artform that set in opposition deep thought and calculation in the context of mapping artistic space, and the impulsive action of gestural painting – one that was celebrated by Sonderborg as a proponent and practitioner of informal painting.

It took Michel Majerus’ unique aptitude and exceptional talent to synthesize the practices of Joseph Kosuth and K. R. H. Sonderborg into a vocabulary all his own – one which ushered in the visual sensibilities of the 21st century. This exhibition highlights the tact with which Majerus condenses his professors’ contrasting strategies to both foster a new understanding of spatial and conceptual continuity, and simultaneously acknowledge their existing paradigms.

Michel Majerus Estate


Michel Majerus

Early Works (solo show)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
22 October 2022 – 15 January 2023

KW Institute for Contemporary Art is pleased to take part in a major tribute to artist Michel Majerus (b. 1967­ – dec. 2002, LUX) with a multifaceted program all over the city of Berlin as well as Germany that demonstrate the late artist’s influence on his peers as well as the following generations.
 
Twenty years after his sudden death, the tribute will commemorate Majerus by showing both his reflections on painting as a medium as well as his groundbreaking vision. One of a world in which popular culture, advertisement, and the virtual realms of TV, videogames and computers have infiltrated the very essence of everyday life, a process that is only intensified by the developments in the digital realm. Referencing the work of distinguished artists of previous generations, their reflections and strategies, Majerus was continuously shifting back and forth between historical, mundane, and contemporary imagery. By sampling fragments, creating series, embodying speed, and referring to the challenging statements made by his predecessors, Majerus’ practice is characterized by continuous and unmitigated observations of surface and space—both physical and virtual—which he used to reflect on the meaning and power of visual culture at large.
 
The exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art will present the earlier paintings of Michel Majerus produced between 1988–1995, an attempt to uncover the very first stratums of his artistic force. Simultaneously, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, neugerriemschneider, Michel Majerus Estate, and Kunstverein Hamburg will present exhibitions by the artist. Several renowned art institutions across Germany will also present Majerus works from their collections, including Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Neues Museum Nürnberg, Museum Ludwig, Saarlandmuseum – Moderne Galerie and Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau. The many collaborations with institutions across Germany will strengthen the visibility of Majerus’ artistic influence and demonstrate the rootedness of his practice in the country’s art discourse.

KW Institute for Contemporary Art