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10. Mai — 20. Juli 2008


Woman rides, the horse goes on foot

Meuser — the name stands for iron and steel. But Meuser is also the pseudonym of the sculptor who turns this massive material into light, humorous, poetic works of art. The Kunsthalle is presenting a first
comprehensive exhibition of the works of the artist born in 1947. From 1968 — 1975 Meuser studied at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art under Joseph Beuys and Erwin Heerich; he was a contemporary of Imi Knoebel, Martin Kippenberger, and Palermo, and took part in documenta IX. Since 1992, he has held a professorship at the State Academy of the Visual Arts in Karlsruhe. He lives and works in Düsseldorf and
Having grown up in Essen, in the heart of the Ruhr District, scrapyards have been a source of inspiration for his work. Astride constructivism and material assemblage, Meuser has created an independent oeuvre with objects trouvés which, in a profound and ironic manner, relieve the pathos of modern art of its gravity. The wall objects and arrangements refer back to concrete art, abstract painting, or minimal art, which is apparent not least in the clear forms, reduced objects, and visible paint application. The playful treatment of industrially produced objects, deprived of their function and placed in a new context, is also transferred to the linguistic level: the narrative and poetic titles open up a wide field of associations in striking contradiction to the materials employed.

The exhibition “The Woman Rides and the Horse Goes on Foot” presents more than 50 large-format sculptures, wall objects, and drawing from the late 1970s to the present day, which Meuser arranges in relation to the architecture of the Kunsthalle.
At the same time in Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen:
Eske Schlüters: Ähnliches und Mögliches – levels of encactment
3rd May — 20th July 2008

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