Jonathan Meese at Daniel Templon
Following a two-year absence from the world of gallery exhibitions, out-there Berlin artist is back in Paris with a new solo show ‘St Neutralité (Totales Ballett de Lolitadzioz)’. He takes over both gallery spaces at Daniel Templon, filling one with recent paintings and Impasse Beaubourg with sculpture. The rich and diverse paintings overflow with collages, slogans and graffiti, producing an effect somewhere between humour and violence. The artist orchestrates a collision between impastos and varnish, furious brush strokes and delicate lines. The sculpture installation offers an amused evocation of ten years of sculptural practice, featuring mini-installations, figurines and primitive and futuristic bronze busts. Meese adopted a pluri-disciplinary approach right from the start of his career, encompassing installations, paintings, performance, music and video, and has been concentrating primarily on performance since 2004: his improvisation on Wagner’s Parsifal at the Berlin Staatsoper in 2005 and Noël Coward is Back at the Tate Modern in 2006 were both memorable events. More recently, he has been working on designing sets for shows at Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre. In summer 2010, as part of the Salzburg Festival he designed the sets for the world première of Dionysos, a new opera by Wolfgang Rihm retracing Nietzsche’s life.
Until 19 Feb.
Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm. Galerie Daniel Templon, 30 rue Beaubourg, 3rd. M° Rambuteau. 01.42.72.14.10. www.danieltemplon.com/