Jonathan Meese was born in 1970 in Tokyo. In 1993, the artist entered the Hamburg Academy of Arts. Three years later, he participated in his first group exhibition, and a year later, his first personal exhibition was held. The artist gained international fame after the Berlin Biennale (1998). His ‘total’ installation Ahoi - De Angst was an elongated room staffed with painted magazines pages, posters, and inscriptions.
The ‘diktatur der kunst’ concept is essential to Meese’s practice — it is an idea that art can undermine ideology and substitute political propaganda. Meese looks into the post-war trauma of German society and claims that if artistic propaganda had overpowered the political one, the tragedies of the 20th century could never have happened.
The artist works with a wide range of media. The most popular among those is painting. The author uses an expressive manner, an overwhelming abundance of colors, shapes, and text. Performance occupies an important place in his practice. It may be limited to the presence of the artist inside the installation or may turn out to be an hours-long opera (Mutter Parzival, 2005). In addition, Meese creates ‘imperial’ sculptures of bronze, which is the material of monuments to the ‘great’. In addition, he creates works on paper — collages made of photographs and ‘found objects’, covered with a pen or a marker. If brought together, his works make a viewer stumble. Aggressive political symbols arise in a new ridiculous context and therefore lose their ideological power.
DE TIBETSOLDAT IM TIER, 2007
DE MUFF, 2007
AUFRUHR IM ZOO des Kapitans SILVA, 2007
Mutter NATYRN saugt bald Rudolph das Rentier, also sich selbst, viel Spass, 2007
DR. NOSEELENJACK IS BACK, 2008
ERZPOLITIK: DIE ERZMASSE "BABY", 2008
Dr. Schleckermaulchen, 2008
MUMIN' S LOLLYAUGE im MILCHBREI, 2008
SUSSES "BABYPATHOZ" SPIELT HEUTE mit dem SPIELZEUG "MENSCH", WIE LOTITADZIO mit 1000 Lollies mit BARENBABYGESCHMACK viel Gluck, 2008-2009
FRAULEN de SPRULLSNS'S GESICHT juckt, wie wilder Zackenhonig, zum Gluck..., 2008-2009
MEIN "BABYFACE" IST KEIN MENSCH, 2008-2009
KEIN MENSCH ATMET NATIONALSTAATEN, AUSSER FUMMELFISCHJIMJOE, wenn er LUNTE riecht, 2008-2009
DR. BABYEISERNES KREUZ VII, 2009
DR. BABYEISERNES KREUZ VIII, 2009
DR. BABYEISERNES KREUZ VI, 2009
MÄDL' I (ROT), 2011
ZDRAVSTVUYTE!Group exhibition 26 Jul - 7 Sep 2023OVCHARENKO presents a new collective project in the framework of co-operation with the auction house VLADEY. The name of the exhibition of OVCHARENKO artists "HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!) has a double meaning. The complexity and at the same time the beauty of the Russian language allows you to find in the simple word "Hello!" both a wish of good health and a greeting at a meeting. And the meeting at the exhibition will be held with marvelous artists and their works of art.
For 33 years of his work OVCHARENKO, while the first exhibition of the gallery (then called "Regina") was held in September 1990, 278 group and solo exhibitions were held. In religion "33 years" are the age of Jesus Christ — the time of perfection, the period of life when the peak has been reached. Christ's rebirth occurred at the same time when he was 33, so " HELLO!" (ZDRAVSTVUYTE!).
Vladimir Ovcharenko, founder of VLADEY and OVCHARENKO: "The time in our country and in the world is not easy. And when was it easy? It is very complicated for artists now. Their world has completely changed. For many of them it has turned out to be tragic, while others continue to create magnificent works of art. We are happy to represent the best of the best, it is a great honour and responsibility. Moscow is a world-class cultural centre. And it always will be. It deserves new great art exhibitions. And they are coming!".
Over the last year and half OVCHARENKO in co-operation with VLADEY has frequently presented personal exhibitions of its artists, among them projects made by Alisa Gorshenina, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Pavel Pepperstein and the PPSS art group, Ivan Razumov, Inal Savchenkov, Leonid Tshe and Nestor Engelke.
Artists: Victor Alimpiev, Sergey Bratkov, Oleg Golosiy, Stas Volyazlovsky, Erwin Wurm, Alisa Gorshenina, Mikhail Dolyanovsky, Sergey Zarva, Alexey Kallima, Egor Koshelev, Vlad Kulkov, Vladimir Logutov, Jonathan Meza, Ryan Mosley, Pavel Pepperstein, Jack Pearson, PPSS art Group, Daniel Richter, Inal Savchenkov, Maria Serebryakova, Semyon Faibisovich, Claire Fontaine, Leonid Tshe, Ivan Chuikov, Dmitry Shabalin, Nestor Engelke.
Jonathan MeeseTropical Alaska Kid der Molokobefehl 22 Feb - 31 Mar 2013Art lovers this season will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the work of the German contemporary artist Jonathan Meese. The artist will not only completely transform the space...
Jonathan MeeseBABY 'KUNST' (METABOLISM ROCK'S) 18 May - 3 Jun 2009REGINA Gallery is pleased to present BABY 'KUNST' (METABOLISM ROCK'S), a solo show of new works by Jonathan Meese, top-liner of new German art. With this exhibition REGINA continues to...
HERE AND NOWGroup Exhibition 27 Jan - 29 Feb 2008Atelier van Lieshout (AVL) BANKSY Barbara Kruger Cindy Sherman Dana Schutz Daniel Richter David Salle Demand Thomas Ed Ruscha Jack Pierson Jonathan Meese Jose Maria Cano Leon Golub Martin Kippenberger...
Jonathan MeeseDr.Dracula 25 Sep - 12 Nov 2005Regina Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Jonathan Meese ' Dr.Dracula'.
Group ExhibitionNew German Painting 1 - 17 Apr 2004
DOCTOR-DOC-DR.-„HIGH NOON“ IS BACK! (WONDERLAND DE LARGE), Templon, Paris, France.
AMAZONENGOLD de LARGE. Sies + Höke. Dusseldorf, Germany.
Dr. Zuhause : K.U.N.S.T. (Erzliebe) — Vater. Overbeck-Gesellschaft Kunstverein. Lubeck, Germany.
Dr. Zuhause : K.U.N.S.T. (Erzliebe) — Mutter / Evolution. Kunsthalle St. Annen. Lubeck, Germany.
Dr. Zuhause : K.U.N.S.T. (Erzliebe) — Großvater / Gold. Günter Grass-Haus. Lubeck, Germany.
Dr. Zuhause : K.U.N.S.T. (Erzliebe) — Großmutter / Macht. St. Petri zu Lübeck. Lubeck, Germany.
Die Irrfahrten des Meese. Pinakothek der Moderne. München, Germany.
DR. TRANS-FORM-ERZ, David Nolan Gallery, New York, US
ZDRAVSTVUYTE! OVCHARENKO on cooperation with VLADEY. Moscow, Russia.
Mixed Pickles 11, Ruttkowski;68. Paris, France.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Galerie Krinzinger. Wien, Austria.
Jonathan Meese & Rinus Van de Velde // Two of Hearts, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Five Days for 14 Artists, Sies + Höke. Düsseldorf, Germany.
Sammlung Unruh, Galerie Crone. Berlin, Germany.
Planet Water, Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth. Salzdetfurth, Germany.
- AboutChangeCollection. Berlin, Germany
- Arario Gallery. Seoul, South Korea
- Art Gallery of Ontario. Toronto, Canada
- Centre Pompidou. Paris, France
- Essl Museum. Klosterneuburg, Austria
- Hudson Valley Center of Art. Peekskill, New York, USA
- Kunsthalle Bielefeld. Bielefeld, Germany
- Musées de Strassbourg. Strassbourg, France
- Rubell, Family Collections. New York, USA
- Sammlung Boros. Berlin, Germany
- Sammlung Falckenberg. Hamburg, Germany
- Sammlung Goetz. München, Germany
- Saatchi. London, UK
- Statens Museum for Kunst. Kopenhagen, Denmark
- Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Vienna, Austria