Becoming Gustav Metzger
Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59
Events will take place between Wednesday 28 April and Thursday 9 September 2021
‘On visiting Wittgenstein’s grave with Gustav Metzger’
18 August, 6-7pm (GMT)
Writer and independent curator, Bronac Ferran addresses negation and its presence in Metzger’s work contextualising her discussion by considering other artists and poets of the post-war period, followed by a Q&A.
Insights into Metzger's practice and life
9 September, 6-7pm (GMT)
Jo Joelson, artist, writer and co-founder of artistic duo London Fieldworks shares insights into Gustav Metzger’s practice through experiences of collaboration, friendship and care. Joelson will discuss collaborative projects on which she worked with Metzger including: Null Object (2012) and the immensely influential, Remember Nature (2015), followed by a Q&A.
15 June, 6:30-7pm (GMT)
Enjoy a virtual curatorial tour of the exhibition ‘Becoming Gustav Metzger, Uncovering the Early Years 1945-59’ by co-curators Nicola Baird (Ben Uri Research Unit) and Leanne Dmyterko (The Gustav Metzger Foundation).
14 July, 6-7.30pm (GMT)
Andrew Wilson (Senior Curator Modern & Contemporary British Art, and Archives at Tate Britain) and Dr. Elizabeth Fisher (Leverhulme Research Fellow, Northumbria University) talk about the retrieval and re-discovery in 2010 and subsequent exhibition (at Documenta in 2012) of the early work as well as the relationship between ethics and aesthetics in Gustav Metzger’s formative years, followed by a Q&A.
D Fritz Ascher Society Lecture
7 July 2021, 12-1pm Eastern Time, 5-6pm (GMT)
Becoming Gustav Metzger curator, Nicola Baird (Ben Uri Research Unit) gives an online lecture to the Fritz Ascher Society, New York. Serving as an in-depth exploration of the early life and work of Gustav Metzger and a detailed discussion of Ben Uri’s exhibition, the lecture forms part of the Fritz Ascher Society’s monthly series “Flight or Fight: Stories of Artists Under Repression”. The Fritz Ascher Society for Persecuted, Ostracised and Banned Art was founded in 2014 by Director and CEO, Rachel Stern to research, discuss, publish and exhibit the work of artists adversely affected by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945.
Inaugural 100,000 Newspapers Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with Director, Martin Pickles
21 July, 6-7pm (GMT)
Following the inaugural screening of 100,000 Newspapers, a film documenting Gustav Metzger's 2003 'public-active installation' and performances of the same name at the T1+2 Art Space, East London, Martin Pickles (Lecturer in Animation Theory at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham) discusses not only the genesis of the film but also his experiences of filming and interviewing the artist.
International panel explore the themes of ecology and activism in Metzger’s oeuvre
28 July, 6-7.30pm (GMT)
A distinguished international panel explores the themes of ecology and activism in Metzger’s oeuvre followed by a Q&A. We welcome Pontus Kyander (lecturer at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art and curator of Gustav Metzger: Act of Perish, The Centre of Contemporary Art, Torun, 2015) and Daniela Perez (curator of We Must Become Idealists of Die, Museo Jumex, Mexico, 2015).
On your behalf Ben Uri thanks the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies and British Art for their generous support towards the publication and the events programme for this important exhibition.
The events will be conducted over Zoom.
The Zoom links will be sent on the events date afternoon.