Berlin Art@Site Jonathan Meese Humpty-Dumpty, Diktatur der Kunst

Jonathan Meese


Humpty-Dumpty, Diktatur der Kunst

Alten Nationalgalerie
An artwork with humor
This artwork has bizarre shapes; a funnel, a kind of coin, some exhaust pipes, a platter, some flags. The artwork is standing diagonal on a tripod. Scattered on the surface are letters and numbers.
The artwork consists of different materials: rough and colored bronze, glossy peeling and rusted flags. The parts are welded together on a 'careless' manner while durable and valuable materials are used like bronze.
The artwork is exhibited at large and important exhibitions.
The traveling nature of the work does in my opinion benefit the meaning of the work. Because the artwork can be placed in different surroundings, it can hardly reflect on a specific way on locations, rulers and situations.
This is one of the few artworks with humour. And above this: it can expose many meanings and issues. To understand this, it is necessary to study the symbols on the artwork. Jonathan Meese does with Humpy Dumpy no effort to create a "beautiful" artwork but is convincing critical on the transience and futility of power and violence.
By Theo,

Compared with other artworks
The artwork William by Rebecca Warren (London, picture 1, more information) is touching for its ugliness. Because of the lack of humor, eloquence or aesthetic value it’s hard to be positive about the artwork.

These ugly giant Öffentliche Rose by Rolf Szymanski (Munich, picture 2, more information) shows himself as he is. If you look closely, a rose might become visible. Don’t you think that fading flowers are aesthetically? Vulnerable, rich in color, after years familiar with the house on the backside. Besides, this artwork is surrounded by ancient trees and mansions.

Willem de Kooning created with Reclining Figure (Rotterdam, picture 3, more information) an artwork that is attractive, three-dimensional, raises many associations by the experienced viewer. This is a good piece of art that fits in a city where functionality and sobriety is important, yet whith an alternative subculture within the artistic scene.

Another ugly cyclope Meeresgrund by Otto Petri (Berlin, picture 4, more information) looks fascinated at an attractive sleeping woman. This is not a good work of art, but the simple natural material evoke a primal force and sensuality.
By Theo,