Jonathan Meese – Meese’s Odyssey – Pinakothek der Moderne
Meese’s Odyssey at Pinakothek der Moderne in Germany is an exhibition from Jonathan Meese that will display the broad range of the Tokyo born, German artist’s output. Including several paintings to be shown for the first time, drawings, spatial models, sculptures, drawings, artist’s books and more.
“Meese’s Odyssey is a conquest! The man of the future transcends ideologies through play! In Meese’s Odyssey, tender playgrounds open up—in other words, leeway in the future.”
– Jonathan Meese, Manifesto for the Pinakothek der Moderne, 2018
In the Greek saga, the hero Odysseus survives dangerous adventures on his odyssey and completes mysterious tasks – returning home at the end perhaps as a different person. Like a contemporary Odysseus, in this exhibition, the artist Jonathan Meese (born 1970 in Tokyo and based in Berlin) sets off on an imaginary journey, making various stops along the way. In drawings, pictures and sculptures from over 20 years of artistic production, encounters with the most diverse, ambivalent protagonists and situations take place, which the artist approaches in his archaic role as symbolic redeemer and liberator. Visitors to the exhibition get to accompany the plucky, provocative artist on his voyage, but where will it end?
About Jonathan Meese
Jonathan Meese’s work includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and performances but also extends to writing, stage design, and directing within the field of theater and opera. His practice addresses certain uneasy aspects of German political history and seeks to adopt ideological symbols and empty them of meaning. The subjects of his work have included Richard Wagner’s three act opera “Parsifal”, and more recently, the American actor, John Wayne. (David Nolan New York)