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Video: Jonathan Meese at Tate Modern

by Jonathan Meese on 25 February 2006

German artist Jonathan Meese has been forging a serious and controversial reputation for his diverse practice that includes paintings, sculptures and found materials that he uses to create visually complex installations. This Saturday at London's Tate Modern he will present a stage packed with such materials on which he will perform a highly charged live one-man scenario. Cannibalising material from culturally charge sources as varied as Richard Wagner, Noel Coward and the Marquis de Sade; Meese's world-view is extremely individual, bordering on the absurd. 'Noel Coward is back' will feature several enormous and violently drawn paintings of Coward, a sculpture of the Colossus of Rhodes, and a boxing ring.

German artist Jonathan Meese has been forging a serious and controversial reputation for his diverse practice that includes paintings, sculptures and found materials that he uses to create visually complex installations. This Saturday at London's Tate Modern he will present a stage packed with such materials on which he will perform a highly charged live one-man scenario. Cannibalising material from culturally charge sources as varied as Richard Wagner, Noel Coward and the Marquis de Sade; Meese's world-view is extremely individual, bordering on the absurd. 'Noel Coward is back' will feature several enormous and violently drawn paintings of Coward, a sculpture of the Colossus of Rhodes, and a boxing ring.

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