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        • Format: PAL
        • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
        • Number of Discs: 1
        • Classification: Exempt

        • Studio: Pinnacle Vision
        • DVD Release Date: 3 July 2006
        • Run Time: 139 minutes

        Official UK Dvd Release

        The first major documentary on the life and work of Gustav Metzger, founder of auto destructive art.

        A film by Ken McMullen.

        Gustav Metzger (born 1926) is an artist and political activist who developed the concept of Auto-Destructive Art and the Art Strike. Together with John Sharkey, he initiated the Destruction in Art Symposium in 1966. Metzger is recognized for his protests in the political and artistic realms.

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        'Auto-destructive art re-enacts the obsession with destruction, the pummelling to which individuals and masses are aubjected.' Gustav Metzger, from MANIFESTO AUTO-DESTRUCTIVE ART, London, 1960.

        The scale of Gustav Metzger's achievements and his contribution to contemporary culture are clearly demonstrated in Ken McMullen's comprehensive film. Gustav Metzger speaks candidly and brilliantly of the influence which have shaped both his own work and the culture of our time. From Freud to Vermeer, from Nazi design to the importance of drawing and a far-reaching discussion of auto-destruction art, Gustav Metzger gives profound and lucid insights into the meaning and relevance of art, as well as highlighting the imortance of understanding the destructive impulses in human society.

        Gustav Metzger witnessed the rise of Nazism as a small child in Nurnberg in the early 1930s. He escaped to Great Britain aged thirteen and trained as a cabinet-maker and an artist before founding auto-destructiv art in 1959 which has influenced a generation of younger artists from The Who to the artist and writer Stewart Home.

        Fusing art with politics and social activism, Metzger was a co-founder with Bertrand Russell of the Committe of 100, the anti-protest group. He convened the now legendary Destruction of Art Symposium in 1966, and proposed the first Art Strike in 1974.

        Ken McMullen's Metzger was commissioned by Arts Council England as part of the Pioneers in Art and Science documentary series, and is designed to fully utilise the potential of the Dvd format.


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