New Museum Presents Gustav Metzger’s First United States Solo Exhibition


NEW YORK, NY.- “Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs” is the first US solo museum exhibition of the work of Gustav Metzger and highlights the influential eighty-six-year-old artist and activist’s long engagement with historical trauma and representation. Metzger was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. He and his brother escaped to England, but his parents remained behind and perished in the Holocaust. This firsthand experience of displacement and destruction shaped Metzger’s subsequent outlook on the relationship between art and society. Best known for his theory of Auto-destructive art, pioneered in the 1960s, Metzger has consistently viewed the artist’s role to be one that embraces political activism and seeks radical social change. During the past forty years, his work has touched on