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A brief encounter is the most beautiful encounter that exists. Therefore, the second encounter is always just a memory of the first. Despite the urge to view more images, one wonders if it would be better simply to reminisce about the first.

—— Michel Majerus

Michel Majerus was a Luxembourgish artist known for his mixed-media paintings. Exploring pop culture as stylistic visual language, Majerus extended his creative horizons with a wide range of contemporary elements, including computer games, digital imagery, film, television and pop music to trademarks and corporate logos. More than any artist of his time, Majerus exemplified what art historian Daniel Birnbaum called “painting in the expanded field.” His paintings’ stylistic quotations include excerpts from Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning and Jean-Michel Basquiat, video games and other pop-culture sources. He did not limit himself to two-dimensional surfaces, but created dynamic, painted installations which surround the viewer. His prolific oeuvre reflecting the prepackaged newness and hybrid spaces of the Information Age. By incorporating the visual vocabularies of contemporary technologies and 1990s consumer culture, Majerus broadened the scope of appropriation art of the 1980s through his pioneering experiments of digitally produced paintings, altering the very space of representation itself. Majerus first received international attention when he had an exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Stuttgart in 1996, and in the same year, the Kunsthalle Basel organized Majerus’s mid-career museum retrospective. His artwork can be found in many renowned public collections, such as the Tate, London, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. Majerus lived and worked in Berlin until his death in an accident in November 2002.


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