Gustav Metzger, Mobbile, 2015, Mexico, Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, picture Colin Swan
30 Nov - 11 Dec 2015
12 - 12am
The exact dates and course of the work will be specified on the website of Centre
1, Parvis des Droits de l'Homme
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A live plant placed in a transparent cube suffers from the harmful effects of exhaust gases. Through this accelerated asphyxiation, Gustav Metzger reveals the suffocation of the living world that occurs on a larger scale .
German artist born in 1926 and moved to England in 1939 as part of the kindertransport, Gustav Metzger shows the capacity of man to destroy himself, through violent wars, nuclear weapons or industrialization. Author of several manifestos in support of a self-destructive art, Metzger calls for radical action. For his work Mobbile, performed for the first time in 1970, the artist drove a modified car through London. A large transparent cube containing a plant is fastened to the top of the car and directly connected to its tailpipe. The plant inside is gradually asphyxiated by fumes from the polluting fumes. This accelerated death reveals a larger phenomenon : the suffocation of the living world, otherwise invisible. Already reenacted in France, Austria and Mexico, this work will be activated in Metz during the period of Cop21 preceding the exhibition « Sublime. Tremors of the World », to be held at Centre Pompidou-Metz from February 11 to September 5, 2016.