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  • Provenance

    Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin

  • Catalogue Essay

    In Der Suppenpharao, Jonathan Meese once again invents a protagonist of undeterminable origin and intent. Based on Zardoz’s savage executioner, his masked gladiator-cum-superman stars in a poster-like composition, brimming with promise of pulp fiction drama. Meese incorporates himself into his fantasy, as a tribe of snout-nosed nymphs approving the impending carnage. As with the majority of the artist’s works, his canvas depicts a seemingly theatre-like display onto the figment of his imagination, with other-worldly machinations as protagonists in the ever-fruitful compendium of narrative inspired through dreams and a lifestyle influenced by rock & roll, performance, graffiti art, and urban life.

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Der Suppenpharao Schweinchen Dick Dickelsen Samt Hahnchen-Pimmel-Dwirn (mir fliesst die Seerotze So Mued)

2003
Oil on canvas.
82 5/8 x 55 1/8 in. (209.9 x 140 cm).
Signed and dated “J. Meese 2003” lower
left; signed, titled and dated “J. Meese 2003 DER SUPPENPHARAO SCHWEINCHEN
DICK DICKELSEN SAMT HÄHNCHEN-PIMMEL-DWIRN (mir fliesst die SEEROTZE SO
MÜD)” on the reverse.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £60,000

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm
London