Exhibition Programming at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum:
Wednesday, July 14, 1:00-2:30pm EST / 6:00-7:30pm 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.
Wednesday, July 21, 1:00-2:00pm EST / 6:00-7:00pm GMT
Inaugural 100,000 Newspapers Documentary Film Screening and Discussion with Director, Martin Pickles
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.
Wednesday, July 28, 1:00-2:30pm EST / 6:00-7:30pm GMT
International panel explore the themes of ecology and activism in Metzger’s oeuvre
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), Mathieu Copeland (independent curator and author of Gustav Metzger: Writings 1953-2016), and Daniela Perez (curator of We Must Become Idealists of Die, Museo Jumex, Mexico, 2015).
Wednesday, August 18, 1:00-2:00pm EST / 6:00-7:00pm GMT
‘On visiting Wittgenstein’s grave with Gustav Metzger’
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.
Wednesday, September 9, 1:00-2:00pm EST / 6:00-7:00pm GMT
Insights into Metzger’s practice and life
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.