Michel Majerus


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Luxembourgeois artist, born in Esch. He lived and worked in Berlin. In ten years of work he completed more than 1,500 paintings. These combine Abstract Expressionism with Pop imagery in a way that can strike the spectator as manic and frenetic. If we are dead so it is (2000) was installed at the Kunstverein Cologne. Majerus covered the half-pipe used as a surface by skate-boarders with a computer-aided design. Another installation in New York in 2002, entitled Leuchtland (‘Shining Country’), was based on the classic and by then thoroughly antiquated video game Space Invaders. The object of the game was to shoot down skull-like aliens that were attacking the earth. Majerus magnified the screens into silkscreens that occupied the entire wall. Cary Levine (Art in America, December 2002) found the experience ‘truly menacing’ and suggested that the artist's conception of culture was that ‘there's no way to stop its assault so you may as well dive in’. Majerus was killed in an air crash.

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