Olaf Metzel’s recent work is dedicated to German movie maker Rainer Werner Fassbinder and his compatriot writers Ernst Jünger and Arno Schmidt, whose positions remained controversial in society until today.
About the artist
Galerie Klüser has been representing the Berlin-born (1952) sculptor and object artist Olaf Metzel since 1998. Based in Munich, he teaches as a professor of sculpture at the local Academy of Fine Arts. As an artist he became famous for space-oriented installations. Erected in public spaces and alluding to political and social circumstances, his works caused a lot sensation. Metzel uses objects that are symbolically charged within their specific context such as scrap, crowd barriers and stadium seats. Apart from monumental sculpture the artist also creates wall pieces that contain of imprinted and deformed aluminium plates. The subjects derive from current affairs or topics that the artist is personally engaged with. For a separate series Metzel uses scripts and manuscripts by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Arno Schmidts as well as Ernst Jünger’s letters and photographs. In 1987 the artist participated in documenta VIII in Kassel, Germany. During the fourth Berlin Biennale in 2002 he also curated the exhibition “YBA – Young Bavarian Art”.