MoM Block nr. 27, Michel Majerus
Michel Majerus
MoM Block nr. 27
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Michel Majerus

MoM Block nr. 27, 1998


Dimensions
200.0 x 179.5 cm
Physical Description
Acrylic on canvas
Inventory Number
2485
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Vereins e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

Luxembourg painter Michel Majerus, who died in 2002 at the age of only thirty-five, was one of the most important protagonists of the generation of artists that grew up in Berlin after the fall of the Wall in 1989. He always resisted any clear categorisation and his work, as presented by the Städel Museum, represents a significant position within the extended field of painting.

Majerus' painting 'MoM Block No. 27', created in 1998, forms part of his 'MoM Block' series, comprising more than 170 canvases, which the artist began in 1996 and continued until his sudden death. MoM is an abbreviation of Modehaus Mitte, a former fashion factory in East Berlin, in which Majerus had his studio for a while.

'MoM Block No. 27' thus not only represents a central work in his oeuvre, but it also creates a rewarding link to some of the works in the existing collection. Majerus' working method is a masterful combination of the gestural and expressive, spontaneous brushstrokes of Art Informel and the cheerful colours of Pop Art and advertising, while not shying away from an unpainted canvas or leaving it free in places. His paintings recall, on the one hand, the dynamic works of artists like K. O. Götz and Fritz Winter, and on the other, the mysterious signs and escapist landscapes of Willi Baumeister.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
MoM Block nr. 27 (Original Title)
Title Translation
MoM Block No. 27
Artist (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Acrylic on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso signiert, datiert und betitelt: Majerus 98, MoM Block nr. 27

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Estate Michel Majerus
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Vereins e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry

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01.07.2019