Born 1936 in Bern, Switzerland
Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany and Bern, Switzerland
Christian Megert was part of the European avant-garde surrounding the artists’ group ZERO, with whom he closely collaborated and whose renown in Switzerland was largely his doing.
His chief artistic medium is the mirror, which he brings into play in various technical and formal ways and, since the mid-1960s, has combined with light and motors. His object boxes and walk-in spaces rely on an interaction with the audience as it moves in front of and inside of his works. The poetic side of this cool aesthetic with its industrial aura is complex. Like his rtist colleagues in the ZERO group and previously the Dadas, Christian Megert
– who in his earlier days was close to practitioners of Nouveau Réalisme (also Neo-Dada) such as Daniel Spoerri and Jean Tinguely – is concerned with creating a link between art and life, art and everyday reality. The viewer is
confronted with his or her own mirror iage and thus reminded of a daily ritual, while at the same time the artist wishes not only for the playful confusion of the senses he evokes, but also to get to the back of things and release what seems to be firmly locked together.
04.11.2011 - February 2012
Group exhibition with works by Absalon | Joseph Beuys | Sophie Calle | Joe Coleman | Wim Delvoye | Rebecca Horn | Mathilde ter Heijne | Jannis Kounellis | Heinz Mack | Keisuke Matsuura | Christian Meegert | David Noonan | Henk Peeters | Jackson Pollock | Julian Rosefeldt | Matt Saunders | Chiharu Shiota | Miroslav Tichý | Grazia Toderi | Susan Turcot | Franz West | Nick van Woert | Yang Jiechang
at ARNDT Berlin