Gustav Metzger Auto Destructive Art (1961) installation view V22 Collection Show 2013

Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger (B.1926 - D.2017) was born in Nuremberg, Germany. He moved to London in 1939 where he studied at the Borough Polytechnic. He went on to create politically charged art, giving lectures, producing manifestos and films. His auto-destructive art was an anti-capitalist gesture against global corporate power and domination, rather than simply a formal gambit. Metzger didn’t want to destroy art. Artists, he believed, had a responsibility to help society and to prevent future wars. 

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Works by Gustav Metzger in the Collection

Auto Destructive Art , Gustav Metzger , 1961

Auto Destructive Art

Gustav Metzger


V22 Collection Show 2013

V22 Collection Show

9 June to 28 July 2013