Gustav Metzger

Artist

Gustav Metzger is a London-based artist, born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. He was evacuated to England with his brother as part of the Kindertransport in 1939. From 1945 to 1953, Metzger studied at art schools in Cambridge, London, including David Bomberg’s class at the Borough Polytechnic, Antwerp and Oxford. In 1959, he developed the concept of auto-destructive art, proposing works that could self-destruct, to reflect the similarly destructive nature of political and social systems. At the heart of his practice, which has spanned over seventy years, is a series of constantly opposing yet interdependent forces, such as destruction and creation.