Matthew Marks Gallery

Michel Majerus

In his short life Michel Majerus developed a dazzling visual language, freely sampling from art history and popular culture in works that often combined painting with large-scale installations. His complex and inventive pictorial world, which redeployed canonized styles and genres alongside graphics from youth subcultures and the commercial mainstream, includes quotations from artists like de Kooning, Warhol, and Basquiat, as well as song lyrics, brand logos, video games, and cartoons. Majerus died in a plane crash in 2002 at the age of thirty-five. During his brief but protean career he exemplified what art historian Daniel Birnbaum calls “painting in the expanded field,” and his remarkable oeuvre, perhaps more than any other of its time, reflects the prepackaged newness and hybrid spaces of the information age.

Michel Majerus (1967–2002) was born in Luxembourg and lived and worked in Berlin. In 1996 he had a one-person exhibition at the Kunsthalle Basel, and at the 1999 Venice Biennale he created a mural that covered the facade of the Main Pavilion. For his one-person exhibition at the Kölnischer Kunstverein the following year, he created his largest work, a 4000-square-foot skateboard ramp. Several European museums have organized posthumous exhibitions, including the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Tate Liverpool in the United Kingdom, Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, and the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in Germany.

Selected Works

Exhibitions

MICHEL MAJERUS
Aluminum Paintings

February 10–April 15, 2017

523 West 24th Street
New York

MICHEL MAJERUS

November 21, 2015–January 9, 2016

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

MICHEL MAJERUS

February 8–April 19, 2014

522 West 22nd Street
526 West 22nd Street
502 West 22nd Street
New York

Group Exhibitions

MAKING A PAINTING

through October 8, 2022

1062 North Orange Grove
7818 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles

LEIDY CHURCHMAN, ALEX DA CORTE, MICHEL MAJERUS, MERET OPPENHEIM, MARTIN PURYEAR, PAUL SIETSEMA

September 11–October 23, 2021

522 West 22nd Street
New York

TRISHA DONNELLY, VINCENT FECTEAU, PETER FISCHLI DAVID WEISS, NAN GOLDIN, MARTIN HONERT, MICHEL MAJERUS, PAUL SIETSEMA, REBECCA WARREN

September 8–October 21, 2017

522 West 22nd Street
526 West 22nd Street
New York

PAINTING: NOW AND FORVER, PART II

July 3–August 15, 2008

522 West 22nd Street
New York

Books

MICHEL MAJERUS
On Aluminium

MICHEL MAJERUS

Posters

PAINTING: NOW AND FORVER, PART II