Jonathan Meese

Jonathan Meese

  • 6 Artists

    on Their Parents

    When Bill Viola’s mother died it gave him an artistic breakthrough, David Shrigley’s parents wondered why people would pay for his art, Jonathan Meese’s mother works as her son's assistant, and Yayoi Kusama escaped her parents to become an artist.

  • 12 Artists

    On Childhood

    “Most artists have terrible childhoods”. Meet 12 exceptional contemporary artists who reflect upon their early years and how it shaped their life and art.

  • Jonathan Meese

    A Soldier Saluting Art

    Can an artist do the 'heil'-salute like the Nazis did during WW2? Artist Jonathan Meese was taken to court in Germany and won the trial. Here the artist explains why it is important to empty symbols of their meaning when fighting political ideology.

  • Jonathan Meese & his mother

    Mommy and Me are Animals

    German artist & enfant terrible Jonathan Meese is interviewed with the most important person in the world – his 84 year old mother, Brigitte Meese. The two have worked together for 44 years, if you include the years before he became an artist.

  • 6 Artists

    On Decisive Moments

    6 acclaimed artists reveal a decisive moment in their life – a strong personal experience which became crucial in their development, and in shaping their work as artists.

  • The Story of Jonathan Meese

    The spectacular German artist Jonathan Meese here tells the incredible story of his childhood, how he invented his own language as a teenager, and how he discovered his artistic talent on his 22nd birthday.

  • Jonathan Meese

    In Art You Have to Go Too Far

    "The goal is clear - the goal is the dictatorship of art." German artist Jonathan Meese believes that art should rule the world, and that to play is the most radical thing you can do. We visited him at his studio in Berlin.