LUMA Arles / Archives Hans Ulrich Obrist – Chapter 4: Gustav Metzger – Each of us, all together, Exhibition: dates, times, prices

LUMA Arles / Archives Hans Ulrich Obrist – Chapter 4: Gustav Metzger – Each of us, all together, Exhibition: dates, times, prices
LUMA Arles / Archives Hans Ulrich Obrist – Chapter 4: Gustav Metzger – Each of us, all together, Exhibition: dates, times, prices

Building on a two-decade friendship between Metzger and Obrist, the exhibition, deployed on two levels, offers both an immersion in the heart of unpublished archives, but also a panorama of the artist’s most emblematic works, whose relevance is more urgent than ever.


© Wojciech Olech. Courtesy of the Znaki Czasu Contemporary Art Center in Toruń

During their first studio visit in 1991 to Glasgow, Douglas Gordon encouraged Hans Ulrich Obrist to explore the works of Gustav Metzger and John Latham, two pioneers and key inspirations for a generation of artists then emerging in the United Kingdom. After consulting the catalog of « Art Into Society – Society Into Art » [L’art dans la société, la société dans l’art, 1974] who presented his contribution, a call to Years without Art [Années sans art, 1977-1980]Obrist tried by all means to contact Metzger.

Their first recorded conversation took place in 1997 at the legendary Café Cosmo, a sanctuary for political exiles during the conflicts of the 20th century.e century in London. Their dialogue continually revealed Metzger’s commitment and activism for the environment. Their relationship intensified upon the arrival of Hans Ulrich Obrist in London. Metzger was a key participant in the first Serpentine Marathon, the Interview Marathon [Marathon d’entretiens, 2006] designed with Rem Koolhaas. He was the only person who did not sleep during the 24 hours that these conversations lasted. Cultivating mystery, Metzger exclusively used London telephone boxes as a means of communication. Thus, the Serpentine became, in a way, his post office box during his retrospective Decades: 1959–2009 [Décennies : 1959–2009, 2009]. He subsequently co-organized the Extinction Marathon: Visions for the Future [Marathon de l’extinction : Visions pour le futur] in 2014.

The phrase « All of us together » [Chacun de nous, tous ensemble]composed in 2014 for the Handwriting Project [Projet d’écriture manuscrite] by Hans Ulrich Obrist, is part of a collection of notes that Metzger calls Extinction Handwritings [Écritures d’extinction]. The exhibition compiles the questions that Metzger raised during his life and career, manifested through the presentation of archival documents, ten hours of interviews, handwritten and printed notes. The presentation of the archives completes an exhibition which brings together works such as the Liquid Crystal Environment [Environnement de Cristal Liquide, 1965-2024] or MASS MEDIA: Today and Yesterday [Médias de masse: Aujourd’hui et hier, 1972/2024]. Posters created in tribute to Metzger underline the scope of his work and its importance in confronting the crises of today and tomorrow. Not without recalling the initiatives and efforts of Luc Hoffmann, Gustav Metzger will also remain, through his works, through his thought, a pillar of the ecological cause of the 20th century.e et XXIe centuries.

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