MICHEL MAJERUS

The painter Michel Majerus (1967-2002) built an international reputation for himself during his short career. Drawing freely for inspiration from the art of the twentieth century, especially from Pop Art, but also from digital iconography, the world of advertising as well as the vocabulary of gestural painting, he had a predilection for large formats and installations that play with spaces. For Majerus, all the elements in his paintings had equal value. Paying no heed to hierarchy, he used them like numbers, symbols loaded with history and the meanings of what they represent. 

Halbzeit

Halbzeit by Luxemburg artist Michel Majerus (1967-2002) is a gestural painting which seems to have been rapidly executed. The violet layer, nervously scratched into wet paint, covers and effaces a previous composition. Two inscriptions and a logo complete this work which seems ready to be “consumed” as quickly as it was produced. The effect is immediate and visceral as in the slogan Thirst – juice, Desire – product is the rhythm which links consumer and advertisement and represents the minimum of time required to bypass thought.

Michel Majerus
Halbzeit, 2002
Acrylic on canvas
220 x 200 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2002
© Photo: Galerie Max Hetzler

Running in Cycles

View of the exhibition Michel Majerus, Mudam Luxembourg, 09/12/2006 - 07/05/2007
© Photo : Jens Ziehe, Berlin
Michel Majerus
Running in Cycles, 2001
Serigraphy colour on PVC
500 x 750 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Acquisition 2002
© Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

Untitled (Violet)

Michel Majerus
Untitled (Violet), 1997
Acrylic painting on canvas
300 x 320 cm
Collection Mudam Luxembourg
Donation 2006 - Les Amis des Musées d’Art and d’Histoire Luxembourg
© Photo: Jens Ziehe, Berlin

A non-figurative and gestural painting like Untitled (Violet) (1997) seems at first glance to fall within Abstract Expressionism. However, Majerus adopted a certain irony. He deliberately confined the area of pictorial action to the upper corner of the canvas while highlighting the splashes of paint, that is to say, the traces of the artistic process. Rather than the abstract painting itself, he offers the viewer the image of an abstract painting and thus subverting artistic convention.

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