Jonathan Meese

Edition Review

  • Jonathan Meese, Geheimhofrätin Animalmutter “Daddy” (Fräulein Kundrink) (Privy Councilor Animal Mother “Daddy” [Miss Kundrink]) (2017)

  • Lithograph, 76 x 56 cm. Edition of 8. Printed by Keystone Editions, Berlin. Published by Harpune Verlag, Vienna, and Sabine Knust, Munich. Price on request.
  • Hauptkommissär Animaldaddy “Kasperle” (Grossmama “Wagnerz”) (Chief Inspector Animal Daddy “Kasperle” [Grandmama “Wagnerz”]) (2017)

  • Lithograph, 76 x 56 cm. Edition of 8. Printed by Keystone Editions, Berlin. Published by Harpune Verlag, Vienna, and Sabine Knust, Munich. Price on request.
  • Dr. Animalbaby “Alles” (Oheim Parsifall)  (Dr. Animalbaby “Everything” [Uncle Parsifal]) (2017)

  • Lithograph, 56 x 38 cm. Edition of 8. Printed by Keystone Editions, Berlin. Published by Harpune Verlag, Vienna, and Sabine Knust, Munich. Price on request.

Jonathan Meese’s recent lithographs were created in connection with Mondparsifal (Moon Parsifal), the artist’s contemporary reenvisioning of Richard Wagner’s opera Parsifal (in collaboration with composer Bernhard Lang and conductor Simone Young).1 Meese, whose fondness for incendiary subjects has made him the enfant terrible of German art, has a complicated personal history with Wagner’s Parsifal: he was hired and then fired as director of its 2016 presentation at Bayreuth, perhaps because of cost overruns, perhaps because of his arrest for performing the Nazi salute on stage (he was performing in an event on “Megalomania in the Art World”).

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  1. Mondparsifal Alpha 1–8 was presented at the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna in June 2017; Mondparsifal Beta 9–23 was presented at the Berliner Festspiele in October 2017. []