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Gustav Metzger: Lift Off!

Gustav Metzger: Lift Off!

“When I was young I wanted art that would lift off - that would levitate, gyrate, bring together different - perhaps contradictory aspects of my being.” Gustav Metzger

Visitors to Lift Off! will be submersed in Gustav Metzger’s world of creative experimentation and activism between the late 1950s and early 1970s. Bringing together archive, film, sculpture and installations, this ambitious exhibition focuses on Metzger’s auto-creative work – the alter ego of his better-known auto-destructive practice.

The exhibition includes Metzger’s landmark piece Liquid Crystal Environment (1965 remade 2005) on loan from Tate. This hypnotic environment is composed of projections that create constantly shifting psychedelic patterns. The exhibition will also showcase works that use air, water and heat that Metzger first made in a university laboratory in Swansea in 1969 and which have not been seen since.

Gustav Metzger: Lift Off! is curated by Elizabeth Fisher in collaboration with Gustav Metzger and Kettle’s Yard.

Gustav Metzger: LIFT OFF! LECTURES

Gustav Metzger’s writings
Mathieu Copeland, curator and writer
5 June, 8-9pm, £8 / £6 Friends of Kettle’s Yard
with special opening of the gallery and shop before the talk from 7-8pm

Automata in history: the Kinetic Arts of the Enlightenment
Simon Schaffer, Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge
3 July, 7-8pm, £8 / £6 Friends of Kettle’s Yard
with special opening of the gallery and shop before the talk from 6-7pm

Event Details
Date: 24 May - 31 August
Venue: Kettle's Yard
Postcode: CB3 0AQ
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