BALTIC and AV Festival 10 presented a special lecture by the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger. In a career spanning over 60 years, this lecture reflected his life-long exploration of politics, ecology and the destructive powers of 20th-century society. In 1959 he published his first auto-destructive art manifesto, using political and ecological issues as a starting point for his concept of public art for industrial societies. Metzger was ahead of his time in his adoption of industrial materials and concern for environmental issues. His work is more relevant today than ever and continues to influence new generations of artists and thinkers.
Gustav Metzger is known as a leading exponent of the auto-destructive art movement. In 1959, he published the first auto-destructive manifesto Auto-Destructive Art, which was given as a lecture to the Architecture Association in 1964. He was also active in the Committee of 100 and took part in their early anti-nuclear base campaigns of direct action and occupation. Throughout the 60 years that Metzger has been producing politically engaged works, he has incorporated materials ranging from trash to old newspapers, liquid crystals to industrial materials, and acid. Metzger’s work has been widely exhibited internationally including solo exhibitions at Generali Foundation, Vienna; Zacheta Gallery, Warsaw; Lund Konsthall, Sweden; Modern Art Oxford; and Serpentine Gallery, London.
Produced by AV Festival 10 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
Wed 10 March 2010, 6.30pm
South Shore Road
Gateshead NE8 3BA