EXPO CHICAGO is proud to present The Mayor Gallery as an international exhibiting gallery for our September 2012 debut. Based in London, The Mayor Gallery shows the works of leading American Pop artists as well as European Nouveau Realism, while remaining London’s foremost gallery for Dada, Zero and Surrealism.
The Mayor Gallery presents Christian Megert’s exhibition a new space, on view though February 24, 2012. James Mayor invited Christian Megert to give his view of the origins of Zero in an exhibition. This exhibit is not a complete presentation, but an explanation of his contribution to the group Zero. Megert explains his manifesto, his cultural-political engagement and describes the connections and relationships between the various artists’ groups in Europe after World War 2, from 1957 until they reached international recognition.
The exhibit is arranged retrospectively: two mirror objects from the early 60s consist of several slightly tilted and overlapping vertical pieces of mirror. From the 60s are his ‘labyrinthian lightbox,’ a ‘cigar box,’ and a ‘glass book,’ from the 70s an ‘endless light room’ and a light-kinetic object, and from the 80s are two mirrored compartment pieces. The works from the last two decades are mostly objects composed of polychrome mirror, glass and wood, and should be seen in the context of Megert’s earliest ‘mirror shards.’
Megert attended the Kunstgewerbeschule in Bern, followed by spending time in Berlin, Stockholm and Paris. In 1956 he exhibited his first monochrome collages and diagrams in the Galerie Portgasse in Bern. He later began to incorporate light into his work, using mirrors as reflectors. In 1962, Megert exhibited a built environment themed around light, reflection and space at the Stedelijik Museum in Amsterdam.
Megert is known for playing a key role in the expansion of the ZERO movement in Switzerland. In 1972 he moved to Düsseldorf and was appointed Professor of Integrated Visual Arts and Architecture at the Kunstakademie. He also worked in the field of public spaces, followed by further mirror labyrinths, cube sculptures and well sites.
The Mayor Gallery is located at 22A Cork Street, London UK. For more information, call +44.(0)20.7734.3558 or visit The Mayor Gallery.
Emmaline Niendorf is an Integrated Marketing Associate with Otherwise Incorporated.