kosuth majerus sonderborg (group show)
Michel Majerus Estate, Berlin
28 April 2022 – 18 March 2023
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
Early Works (solo show)
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
22 October 2022 – 15 January 2023
The exhibition Michel Majerus – Early Works at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, seeks to uncover the earliest layers of Michel Majerus’ artistic practice. Presenting works produced between 1990 and 1996, the show addresses the foundational aspects of Majerus' oeuvre, from visual culture, time, speed and seriality, to virtual and physical space. Many of the pieces are on public view for the first time.
Opening twenty years after his sudden death, Early Works is part of the exhibition series Michel Majerus 2022. This multifaceted programme commemorates the artist by showing his reflections on painting as a medium, as well as his groundbreaking vision of a world in which popular culture, advertisement, and the virtual realms of TV, video games, and computers have infiltrated the very essence of everyday life – a process that has only been intensified by the developments in the digital realm today.
Taking place across Germany, this tribute series is dedicated to the various phases and aspects of Majerus' extraordinary oeuvre, which has continued to influence subsequent generations of artists. A comprehensive publication of this exhibition series will be released in 2023.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Michel Majerus, Grace Weaver et al.
24h (group exhibition)
31 August – 5 November 2022
Organised in collaboration with Super Super Markt, the group exhibition 24h at Braunsfelder, Cologne, includes works from Grace Weaver and Michel Majerus, among others.
Michel Majerus. Zum 20. Todestag (solo show)
Sprengel Museum Hannover
20 July – 10 October 2022
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.
Michel Majerus et al.
Nothing is Permanent (group show)
Konschthal Esch, Esch-sur-Alzette
17 June – 23 November 2022
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.