Born in 1971 in Tokyo, Jonathan Meese studied at Hochschule der Bildenden Künste, Hamburg from 1995-8; he lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg. Meese is a performance artist, painter, and sculptor and one of the most acclaimed German artists of his generation. His recent solo museum exhibitions include The Hague GEM Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art Miami, and CAC Malàga. Progressing Joseph Beuys’ concept of artist-as-shaman, Meese presents himself in his portraits as a fictional quasi-demonic character that both

channels and ‘purifies’ the creative forces of art itself, with the aim of creating a revolutionary state of artistic consciousness. Meese’s practice is highly theatrical and brings together a wide range of cultural references from both history and popular culture; his paintings and sculptures adopt humorously exaggerated gothic aesthetics, brutal ‘faux-naive’ stylings, and extreme approaches to the physicality of materials. The texts in his works are often written in his own invented language.

Jonathan Meese


Born in 1970, Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany

Selected Solo Exhibitions 

2016
David Nolan Gallery, New York, USA

2015
Spitzenmeesige women, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany
Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Pump up the vampire, pump up the vampire, pump up the vampire, smell!, Glue Factory, Glasgow, Scotland

2014
Modern Art, London, UK
Countdown Kunst, Sies + Höhe, Düsseldorf, Germany

2013
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, Austria
Stuart Shave Modern Art, London, UK
Tropical Alaska-Kid, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Erz-General Redparsifal, Red October Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2012
Erzhagenerz erzvonerz erztronjerz, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Dragonbaby, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
Sies + Höhe, Düsseldorf, Germany
Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany
Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Athens, Greece

2011
Hot earl green sausage tea barbie, Bortolami Gallery, New York, USA
Totalzelbstportrait, GEM Museum voor actuele kunst, The Hague, Netherlands
Totalste graphik, Feininger Galerie, Quedlinburg, Germany
Animalisma-Renda-Propaganda-Muminalisma full bio-logisch Metabolism im Maul, Contemporary Art Bukovje, Postojna, Slovenia
St. Neutralité, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France

2010
Jonathan Meese Sculpture, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, USA
Fantomassoz, Santa María dei Servi, Città della Piève, Italy
3 x C = Circuses Ceramicussus Caligolossoz, CAC Málaga, Málaga, Spain

2009
Johnny in seinen bergen, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Jonathan Messe. Mein taxi ist schon weg, Galerie Noah, Augsburg, Germany
Mishima is back, Tomio Toyama Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Hab sagt: Moby dick ist keine Demokratie, Vittoria degli italiani, Gardone Riviera, Italy
Babykunst, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Erzstaat Atlantisis, Arp Museum, Remagen, Germany
Kindchenschemama Kunst, Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany
Casinoz babymetabolismn, Modern Art/Stuart Shave, London, UK

2008
Alarm de Alarm, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, USA
Stoffwechsel, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, Austria
Babypropagandandaddy’s metabolismys, Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenahgen, Denmark
Dr Rock Lobster, Greener Pastures Contemporary Arts, Toronto, Canada
Dr Go Home, The Journal Gallery, New York, USA
Marlene Dietrich in Dr No’s Ludovico Clinic, Watermill Center, Southampton, USA
Dictatorbaby Mary Poppin’s Cats, Dogs and Eggpies, Bortolami, New York, USA
Ufo go home – Fasting der Kunst, CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalunya
Jonathan Meese, 23. Januar 1970, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
General Sweetie, Galerie Mirchandi + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

2007
Marquis d’Overkilly’s, Beaumontpublic, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
L’amour de Monte-Cristo, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Marquis de Schnurrkuss, Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Don’t call us, we call you, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Fräulein Atlantis, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Gundling Messe Herzstaat, Schloss Neuhardenberg, Neuhardenberg, Germany
De Zeuz – Deine getreidegöttin, Trinitatiskirche, Cologne, Germany
Jonathan Rockford, De Apple Center for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jonathan Messe. Das Gruselkabinett des Dr Erzmarx, Karl-Marx-Geburtshaus, Trier, Germany
Sei lieb, Mumie, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
Napoleon, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany

2006
Mother, Bortolami Dayan, New York, USA
Jonathan Meese – Dr Saint Just de Fort Knox, Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, France
Jonathan Meese, Dr Father Brown in Sankt Maria Pfarr. Malerei Installation, Hospitalhof, Stuttgart, Germany
Ritter Johnny, Marstall, Ahrensburg, Germany
Schergentoni Suzy Wong, Galerie Haas, Zürich, Switzerland
Mama Johnny, Magasin Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France
Jonathan Meese, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
Sherwood Forest, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Netherlands
Die Peitsche der Erinnerung, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany

2005
Thanks, Wally Whyton, Modern Art, London, UK
Dr Dracula, Regina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Dr Sócrates, Arario Gallery, Cheonan, South Korea
General Tanz – Drei streifen für ein Halleluja, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Mor, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen, Denmark
Vive Fantômes, Galerie l’Art du Temps, Clermont-Ferrand, France
Sies + Höhe Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany

2004
Das Bildnis des Dr Fu Manchu, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Képi blanc, nackt, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Dr No’s son, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA
Dr Staatsall, Dommuseum Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria
Solo für Onkel Schnapp-Gebiss, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2003
The Empire portraits 1903, Modern Art, London, UK
Young Americans, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Love, Galerie Ascan Crone, Hamburg, Germany
Uhrwerk moderne zeiten, Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems, Germany
Ernte, Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany
Revolution, Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany
L’Amour, Galerie Daniel Templon, France

2001
Jonathan Meese, Leo Koenig Inc., New York, USA
Van Gogh 1924, Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria

2000
Volkszorn Wilhelm I-III, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne, Germany
Soldat Messe, Maldoror-Turm, Städtisches Museum Abteilberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
The return of Dr Cyclops, Paolo Curti & Co., Milano, Italy
Capitaine Danjou Légion Étrangère, Galerie Karlheinz Meyer, Karlsruhe, Germany
Capitaine Danjou Légion Étrangère, Kunst-Werke, Berlin, Germany

1999
Mr Deltoid’s a.k.a. Urleandrusus – Sonnenallee, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany
Schnitt bringt Schnitte, Ausstellungsraum Schnitt, Cologne, Germany
Sonnentanz / Der Weidemann / Nahrung / Erziris, Kunsthalle St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
Frontbibliothek Messe, Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, Germany
Wunderkammern: Erzreligion Blutlazarett, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Information – Erlösung – Wiederkehr, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Gesinnung ’99 – Der letzte Lichtstrahl des Jahrtausends, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

1998
De Räuber, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

1997
Kunstverein Kehdingen, Freiburg, Germany

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