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Gustav Metzger

Gustav Metzger at his first lecture demonstration at the Temple Gallery, London, June 1960 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gustav Metzger at his first lecture demonstration at the Temple Gallery, London, June 1960 © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gustav Metzger was a visionary artist and radical thinker. At the heart of his practice, which spanned over 65 years, are a series of constantly opposing yet interdependent forces such as destruction and creation. Metzger’s involvement in anti-nuclear movements such as the Committee of 100 and his life-long activism to combat environmental destruction was fundamental to his provocative questioning of the role of artist and of conventional forms of artmaking and display. His auto-destructive art, meant as a public art form that would instigate social change, sought to provide a mirror of a social and political system that he felt was indifferently progressing towards total obliteration. He also sought to place the emphasis on action over creation of the art object, inviting viewers to interact with some of his work to heighten their impact.

Metzger was born in Nuremberg, Germany on 10 April 1926 to Polish-Jewish parents. He arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport in 1939 with his older brother. Most of their immediate family were killed in the Holocaust. From 1945 to 1953, Metzger studied art in Cambridge, London, Antwerp and Oxford and studied under the artist David Bomberg.

The artist’s legacy is profoundly rooted in activism in both the political and artistic realms. Metzger envisaged art as a means of communicating the futility and horrors of conflict and war. By 1958, Metzger had become heavily involved in anti-capitalist, anti-consumerist movements and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. In 1960, he was a founder member of the Committee of 100 and this led to a short imprisonment in 1961 with Bertrand Russell and other members of the Committee for encouraging mass non-violent civil disobedience.

Metzger’s political activism provided the foundation for his first manifesto in 1959, titled ‘Auto-Destructive Art’, which he described ‘as a desperate last-minute subversive political weapon…an attack on the capitalist system…’. That year he also created his first auto-destructive artworks by spraying acid onto sheets of nylon, which caused the disintegration of the work itself, as another form of anti-nuclear protest. Metzger went on to organise the seminal Destruction in Art Symposium in London in 1966, centred around destruction-themed events, talks and activities that brought together artists from all over the world, including Yoko Ono who first performed her “Cut Piece’. This was later followed in 1974 by a call from Metzger for artists to support a three year Art Strike which was to run from 1977 to 1980, and he did, in fact, withdraw from the art world in those years.

The notion of creation is a continual counterpoint to themes of destruction throughout Metzger’s practice. Drawing on experiments first began in the mid-1960s for the exhibition ‘Extremes Touch’ in Swansea, he developed the principle of ‘auto-creative art’, later explaining, ‘If you look at the first manifesto for auto-destructive art, the term ‘auto-creative art’ receives more prominence, so there’s a side of my activity that has to do with growth and opening to the endless in life and art.’

An enduring interest in science began in Metzger’s formative years and played a significant role in the development of his work throughout his entire life. In 1965, he used liquid crystals that were magnified and projected onto walls as the basis for one of his most well-known works, ‘Liquid Crystal Environment’. Through his experimentation with liquid crystals and dedication to the effects of aesthetic beauty on the human experience, Metzger explored what he described as ‘the use of art to recharge the human being who can tend towards depletion or collapse.’ He also developed the idea of using computer technology for art long before many of his contemporaries.

In 1995, Metzger began his ‘Historic Photographs’ series – large, complex installations that sought to confront people with some of the most powerful and tragic images of events from recent history. ‘To Crawl Into – Anschluss, Vienna, March 1938’ (1996) features an enlarged image of Jewish people being made to scrub the streets on their hands and knees, hidden under a large piece of cloth that obscures the entire image, which lays directly on the floor. This work challenges the viewer to crawl under the fabric and directly onto the image to see it – and in doing so, puts the viewer into an uncomfortable position that mimics those in the picture. As he explained: ‘Challenge and risk are integral to the work. And risks are what life is all about: some of them we are aware of; some of them we evade.’


Born Nuremberg Germany, 1926

Died London, UK, 2017

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Merz Barn, 'Gustav Metzger at the Merz Barn', Elterwater, UK
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 'Gustav Metzger', Bruton, UK
Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, 'Gustav Metzger. Uncovering the Early Years (1945-59)', London, UK

2019 Fermoy Gallery, 'Destroy, and you create. Gustav Metzger in King’s Lynn', King’s Lynn, UK
mfc-michèle didier, 'Gustav Metzger', Paris, France
ECARTArt, 'Gustav Metzger', Basel, Switzerland

2018 Circuit, 'Gustav Metzger. Oeuvres sur Papier', Lausanne, Switzerland

2017 West, 'Gustav Metzger. Ethics into Aesthetics', The Hague, Netherlands
MAMAC Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain, 'Gustav Metzger. Remember Nature', Nice, France

2016 MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, 'Act or Perish! Gustav Metzger – A Retrospective', León, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)

2015 Tate Britain, 'Gustav Metzger: Towards Auto-Destructive Art 1950-1962', London, UK
Fundación Jumex, 'We Must Become Idealists or Die', Mexico City, Mexico
Kunsthall Oslo / Stiftelsen Kunstnernes Hus, 'Extremes Touch' / 'Liquid Crystal Environment', Oslo, Norway (Part of the project 'Act or Perish! Gustav Metzger. A Retrospective')
Centre of Contemporary Art, 'Act or Perish! Gustav Metzger. A Retrospective', Toruń, Poland

2014 Tel Aviv Museum, 'Testimony and Action of Art', Tel Aviv, Israel
Kettle’s Yard, 'Gustav Metzger. Lift Off!', Cambridge, UK

2013 MAC Lyon, 'Gustav Metzger. Supportive', Lyon, France

2011 New Museum, 'Gustav Metzger. Historic Photographs', New York NY
e-flux, 'Gustav Metzger', New York NY

2010 Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, 'Gustav Metzger. Décennies 1959-2009', Rochechouart, France (Travelling Exhibition)

2009 Serpentine Gallery, 'Gustav Metzger. Decades 1959-2009', London, UK (Travelling Exhibition)

2006 Lunds Konsthall, 'Gustav Metzger. Works', Lund, Sweden
Kunsthalle Basel, 'In Memoriam. New Works', Basel, Switzerland

2005 Generali Foundation, 'History, History', Vienna, Austria
Cubitt Gallery, 'Eichmann and the Angel', London, UK
Norwich Gallery, 'EASTinternational: selector Gustav Metzger', Norwich, UK

2003 t1/2 artspace, '100’000 Newspapers. A Public-Active Installation', cur. Wolfe Lenkiewicz, London, UK

1999 Haus der Kunst München, 'Travertine / Judenpech', Munich, Germany

1995 workfortheeyetodo, 'Damaged Nature. Two New Works and Documents', London, UK

1991 Department of Architecture, Technical University, Delft, Netherlands (Installation)

1981 Universität Bern, 'Faschismus Germany: Darstellung Analyse Bekämpfen', Bern, Switzerland
Hahnentorburg, 'Passiv – Explosiv', Cologne, Germany

1972 Architectural Association, 'Unrealizable Disintegrative Architecture and Other Projects', London, UK
ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, Executive Profile (within The Body as a Medium of Expression), London, 1972

1968 Swansea Arts Festival / Filtration Laboratory, Department of Chemical Engineering, University College of Swansea, 'Extremes Touch: Material/Transforming Art', Swansea, UK

1966 Better Books, 'Art of Liquid Crystals', London, UK
LAMDA Theatre Club, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, 'Liquid Crystals in Art', London, UK

1960 Temple Gallery, 'Paintings & Drawings 1945-1960', London, UK

1959 14 Monmouth Street, 'Three Paintings', London, UK
14 Monmouth Street, 'Cardboards', London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 Fondazione Prada, 'Stop Painting', Venice, Italy

2020 Sprengel Museum, 'How to Survive', Hannover, Germany
Dvir Gallery, 'Lacrimae Rerum. Homage to Gustav Metzger – Part II', Tel Aviv, Israel
Dvir Gallery, 'Lacrimae Rerum. Homage to Gustav Metzger', Brussels, Belgium
Palazzo Grassi, Punta della Dogana, 'Untiltled, 2020. Three Perspectives on The Art on the Art of the Present', Venice, Italy

2019 Société, 'Encountered Error', Brussels, Belgium
Martin Gropius Bau, 'Walking Through Walls', Berlin, Germany
Galleria d’Italia, Intesa San Paolo, 'Art and Technology', Milan, Italy
NYUAD Art Gallery, 'Ways of Seeing', Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre, 'Anne Frank. Holocaust Diaries', Moscow, Russia

2018 Ludwig Forum, 'Flashes of the Future. The Art of the ‘68 generation or the power of the powerless', Aachen, Germany
CASSTL, 'Eichmann and the Angel', Antwerp, Belgium

2017 Castello di Rivoli, 'Colori. The emotions of Colour in Art', Turin, Italy
Himalayas Museum, 'Shanghai Project. Shanghai Zendai', Shanghai, China

2016 Kunsthal Charlottenborg, 'Take Me I’m Yours', Copenhagen, Denmark
Haus der Kunst, 'Postwar. Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965', Munich, Germany
Centre Pompidou, 'Sublime', Metz, France

2015 Hayward Gallery, 'History Is Now. 7 Artists Take on Britain', London, UK

2013 Hirshhorn Museum, 'Damage Control. Art and Destruction Since 1950', Washington DC

2012 MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962', Chicago IL
documenta, 'documenta (13)', Kassel, Germany
Marianne Boesky Gallery, 'The Nature of Disappearance', New York NY
Gropius Bau, 'Art and Press', Berlin, Germany

2011 Kunsthalle Fridericianium, 'Produced by Migros', Kassel, Germany

2010 Bienal de São Paulo, '29th São Paulo Biennial', Sao Paulo, Brazil
Gwangju Biennale, '8th Gwangju Biennale', Gwangju, South Korea

2009 Tate Britain, 'Tate Triennial 2009. Altermodern', London, UK

2005 Tate Liverpool, 'Summer of Love. Art of the Psychedelic Era', Liverpool, UK

2004 Tate Britain, 'Art and the Sixties – This Was Tomorrow', London, UK
ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, 'Artists‘ favourites – act I', London, UK
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 'Signatures of the Invisible', New York NY

2003 Frankfurter Kunstverein, 'Adorno. Die Möglichkeit des Unmöglichen', Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Biennale de Lyon, '7e Biennale de Lyon. C ́est arrivé demain', Lyon, France
La Biennale di Venezia, '50th International Art Exhibition. Dreams and Conflicts – The Dictatorship of the Viewer', Venice, Italy
South London Gallery, 'Independence', London, UK

2002 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, 'Blast to Freeze – Britische Kunst im 20. Jahrhundert', Wolfsburg, Germany
Migros Museum, 'St. Petrischnee', Zurich, Switzerland
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 'Strike', Wolverhampton, UK

2001 ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, 'City Racing 1988-1998: A Partial Account', London, UK

2000 Camden Arts Centre, 'Dream Machines', London, UK
Whitechapel Art Gallery, 'Live in Your Head. Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75', London, UK
Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 'Look Out. Art/Society/Politics', Wolverhampton, UK
Whitechapel Art Gallery, 'Protest and Survive', London, UK

1999 Kunstraum München / Kunstverein München / Museum Villa Stück / Siemens Kulturprogramm 'Dream City', Munich, Germany
Provinciaal Fotografie Museum, 'Laboratorium', Antwerpen, Belgien
John Hansard Gallery, 'Sublime. The Darkness and the Light. Works from the Arts Council Collection', Southhampton, UK

1998 MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Out of Actions. Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979', Los Angeles CA (Travelling Exhibition)
MAK Museum für Angewandte Kunst, 'Out of Actions. Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979', Vienna, Austria (Travelling Exhibition)
MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani, 'Out of Actions. Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979', Barcelona, Spain (Travelling Exhibition)
Museum of Contemporary Art, 'Out of Actions. Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979', Tokyo, Japan (Travelling Exhibition)
Whitechapel Art Gallery, 'Speed – Visions of an Accelerated Age', London, UK

1996 Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 'Life/Live. La scène artistique au Royaume-Uni en 1996', Paris, France (Travelling Exhibition)
Centre Culturel de Belém, 'Life/Live. La scène artistique au Royaume-Uni en 1996', Lisbon, Portugal (Travelling Exhibition)
City Racing, 'Made New. Barry Flanagan, Tim Mapston, Gustav Metzger, Alfred Jarry', London, UK

1993 Barbican Art Gallery, 'The Sixties: Art Scene in London', London, UK

1981 Kunstmuseum Bern, 'Vor dem Abbruch', Bern, Switzerland

1977 Midland Group Gallery, 'Towards another Picture', Nottingham, UK

1974 ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, 'Art into Society – Society into Art. Seven German Artists', London, UK

1972 documenta, 'documenta 5', Kassel, Germany
Gallery House, '3 Life Situations', London, UK

1971 Alexandra Palace, 'Art Spectrum: London', London, UK

1970 Kölnischer Kunstverein, 'Happening & Fluxus', Cologne, Germany
Arts Council of Great Britain / Hayward Gallery, 'Kinetics', London, UK

1969 Computer Arts Society, Royal College of Art, 'Event One', London, UK
'Computers and Visual Research', Zagreb, Socialist Republic of Croatia

1962 Gallery One, 'Festival of Misfits', London, UK

1961 Stedelijk Museum, 'Bewogen Beweging', Amsterdam, Netherlands (Travelling Exhibition)
Moderna Museet, 'Bewogen Beweging', Stockholm, Sweden (Travelling Exhibition)
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 'Bewogen Beweging', Humlebaek, Denmark (Travelling Exhibition)

1953 Berkeley Galleries, 'Drawings and Paintings by the Borough Bottega', London, UK

1950 Whitechapel Art Gallery, 'East End Academy', London, UK

1948 Ben Uri Gallery, [Group Exhibition], London, UK
Academy Hall, 'London Group', London, UK


1992 V2 Organisation, 'Auto-destructive Art', ’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

1983 Visual Arts Society, University of Sussex, 'Gustav Metzger on his Work', Brighton, UK

1970 National Film Theatre 2, 'Metzger Retrospective', London, UK

1966 Hornsey College of Art, [Lecture/Demonstration], London, UK

1965 Society of Arts, Cambridge University, 'The Chemical Revolution in Art', Cambridge, UK

1963 Bartlett Society, School of Architecture, University College of London, [Lecture/Demonstration], London, UK

1962 Ealing School of Art, 'Auto-Destructive Art, Auto-Creative Art: The Struggle for the Machine Arts of the Future', London, UK

1960 Temple Gallery, 'Auto-Destructive Art', London, UK
Heretics Society, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, [Lecture/Demonstration], London, UK


2015 'Remember Nature. Gustav Metzger', [A worldwide call by Gustav Metzger for a day of action to remember nature: November 4th 2015], online event

2014 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Campus, 'Gustav Metzger. Facing Extinction' [conference], Farnham, UK

2005 Transmission Gallery, 'Glasgow International. Festival of Contemporary Visual Art' [lecture], Glasgow, UK

2004 Teatro de los Insurgentes, 'Ethics, Aesthetics and Biotechnology' [lecture on access by telephone connection at the symposium 'Resistencia, Resistance'], Mexico City, Mexico

2003 Tate Britain, 'Hurry up it’s time! – The Waste(d) Land', London, UK
Ster Century Cinema / Leeds Metropolitan University, 'The Third Culture' [lecture at 'Zygmunt Baumann and Gustav Metzger', within the tutorial 'On Liquid Modernity'], Leeds, UK

2002 Whitechapel Art Gallery, 'Crossover-Seminar', London, UK
Gulbenkian Foundation, 'Nothing … Nada! ' [Symposium], Lisbon, Portugal
Ecology Centre & Art Pavilion, Mile End Park, 'On Extinction', London, UK

1998 Museum of Modern Art, 'Earth to Galaxies. On Destruction and Destructivity' [lecture at 'Hand in the Fire' on the occasion of the exhibition 'Gustav Metzger'], Oxford, UK
Bernard Sunley Lecture Theatre, St. Catherine’s College, 'Time in our time: to the stars' and 'Art in time: Happening and Fluxus' [lecture within the solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford], Oxford, UK

1997 Neals Yard, Covent Garden, 'breath in(g) culture', London, UK
SOAS School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 'Seminar 3: Band Widths' [in 'Frequencies: Investigations into culture, history and technology', London, UK
University College of London, 'Historic Photographs: Representing Extremes?' [conference 'Speaking the Unspeakable: Representing the Holocaust in the Verbal, Visual and Plastic Arts'], London, UK

1996 Neals Yard, Covent Garden, 'A Little Talk on Architecture', London, UK
Friday Event, Glasgow School of Art / Glasgow Film Theatre, 'Earth to Galaxies. On Destruction and Destructivity', Glasgow, UK
CCA Centre for Contemporary Art, 'From DIAS to Dunblane' [within 'In Memory of DIAS', with Ross Birrell and Stewart Home], Glasgow, UK
East West Gallery, 'Mad Cows Talk', London, UK
Goldsmiths College, 'On Sustainability' [tutorial at 'John Wood’s Design Futures Programme'], London, UK
Hanbury Street Hall, 'The Exclusion of the Spectator in Art', London, UK

1995 Art History Society, Middlesex University, 'Auto-Destructive Art and the Twentieth Century', London, UK

1994 University of Utrecht, 'Johannes Vermeer and Cesare Ripa' [conference 'Cesare Ripa'], Utrecht, Netherlands
University College of London, 'Vermeer and Freud’s Fetish Theory' [lecture at 'Dutch Past'], London, UK

1981 Faculty of philosophy, University of Frankfurt, 'Auto-Destructive Art', Frankfurt am Main, Germany

1972 AA Architectural Association, 'Unrealizable Disintegrative Architecture and Other Projects' [on the occasion of the homonymous exhibition], London, UK
Leicester Polytechnic & Kingston Polytechnic, 'Ethics of the Art/Science/Technology Link', Leicester, UK

1970 Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, 'Do You Eat? ', London, UK
Brunel University, [two lectures at the congress 'Computer Graphics ’70'], Uxbridge, UK

1969 Portsmouth College of Education, 'On the Possible', Portsmouth, UK
Slade School of Fine Art, University College of London, 'The Social Relevance of Art', London, UK

1968 Blackheath Art Society, 'Theory and Practice', London, UK

1967 Festival of Art, 'Destruction in Art', Exeter, UK
Bristol Arts Centre, 'The Aesthetic of Revulsion', Bristol, UK

1966 Sculpture Department, St. Martin’s School of Art, [Masterclass Philip King], London, UK

1965 AA Architectural Association, 'Auto-Destructive Art', London, UK


Selected Monographs

2019 Copeland, Mathieu, Dirié, Clément (eds.), 'Gustav Metzger. Writings (1953-2016)', Geneva: JRP Editions, 2019, ill.

2017 MAMAC Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Remember nature', Cinisello Balsamo: Silvana editoriale, 2017, ill. (exh. cat.)

2016 Pérez, Daniela, Wilson, Andrew, Dmyterko, Leanne (et al.), 'Gustav Metzger. Debemos Convertirnos En Idealistas O Morir', Mexico City: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, 2016, ill. (exh. cat.)
Kyander, Pontus, Wilson, Andrew, Copeland, Mathieu (et al.), 'Gustav Metzger. Act or perish! A Retrospective', Rome: Nero, Toruń: Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, ill. (exh. cat.)

2014 Kettle's Yard (ed.), 'Lift Off!', Cambridge: Kettle's Yard, 2014, ill. (exh. cat.)

2013 Copeland, Mathieu, Percebois, Hervé (eds.), 'Gustav Metzger: Auto-Creative Art', Dijon: Les Presses du réel, 2013, ill.

2012 Dangel, Samuel, Schmeling, Sören (eds.), 'Gustav Metzger – Years without Art', Freiburg im Breisgau: modo Verlag, 2012, ill.
Gilchrist, Bruce, Joelson, Jo , 'Null Object: Gustav Metzger Thinks About Nothing', London: Black Dog, 2012, ill.

2011 Carrion-Murayari, Gary, Gioni, Massimiliano, 'Gustav Metzger: Historic Photographs', New York: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011, ill. (exh. cat.)

2009 Peyton-Jones, Julia, Ulrich Obrist, Hans, O'Brien, Sophie, 'Gustav Metzger. Decades, 1959-2009', London: Walther König, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)

2008 Obrist, Hans Ulrich, 'Gustav Metzger', [Conversation Series, vo.16] Cologne: Walther König, 2008, ill.

2005 Breitwieser, Sabine (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Geschichte Geschichte', Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2005, ill. (exh. cat.)
Morris, Lynda (ed.), 'EASTinternational: selector Gustav Metzger', Norwich: Norwich Gallery, 2005, ill.

1999 Cole, Ian (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Retrospectives' [Museum of Modern Art Papers, vol. 3], Oxford: MoMA Museum of Modern Art, 1999, ill. (exh. cat.)
Kunsthalle Nürnberg (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Ein Schnitt entlang der Zeit', Nuremberg: Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 1999, ill. (exh. cat.)

1998 Bowron, Astrid, Brougher, Kerry (eds.), 'Gustav Metzger', Oxford: Museum of Modern Art, 1998, ill. (exh. cat.)

1997 Hoffmann, Justin (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Manifeste, Schriften, Konzepte', Munich: Verlag Silke Schreiber, 1997, pp. 51-65

1996 Birrell, Ross, 'The Distance to Utopia. Gustav Metzger interviewed by Ross Birrell' [interview], London, 3 August 1996, unpublished

1992 Ruhé, Harry (ed.), 'Galerie A. Gustav Metzger Documents 1959-1992', Amsterdam: Galerie A, 1992 (portfolio)
van Diest, Antje, 'Gustav Metzger. London Art in the Sixties', Leiden: Leiden University, 1992, unpublished (diss.)

Artist's Books & Writings

2015 Metzger, Gustav, Wilson, Andrew, 'Auto-Destructive Art: Metzger at AA' [Extended version of the lecture given at the Architectural Association on 24 February 1965], London: Bedford Press, 2015, ill.

1999 Metzger, Gustav, 'Killing Fields. Sketch for an Exhibition', in: 'Camera Austria', Graz, no. 67, Fall 1999, pp. 30-37

1998 Metzger, Gustav, 'The artist in the face of social collapse', in: Keen, Melanie (ed.), 'Frequencies. Investigations into culture, history and technology', London: INNIVA, 1998

1997 Metzger, Gustav, Hoffmann, Justin (eds.), 'Manifeste, Schriften, Konzepte', Munich: Silke Schreiber, 1997
Metzger, Gustav, Davis, Ivor, Gibbs, Michael, 'Is that an apple?', in: 'Art Monthly', London, December 1997-January 1998, pp. 2-3

1996 Metzger, Gustav, 'damaged nature, auto-destructive art', London: Coracle Press, 1996
Metzger, Gustav, 'Earth to Galaxies. On Destruction and Destructivity', in: Büchler, Pavel, Esche, Charles (eds.), 'Earth to Galaxies. On Destruction and Destructivity' [Tramline No. 5], Glasgow: Glasgow School of Art, 1996, pp. 7-12
Metzger, Gustav, in: Bossé, Laurence, Obrist, Hans Ulrich (eds.), 'Life/live : la scène artistique au Royaume-Uni en 1996, de nouvelles aventures' [2 Vol.], Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1996
Metzger, Gustav, 'Mad Cows Talk' [lecture manuscript], 1996, in: Hoffmann, Justin (ed.), 'Gustav Metzger. Manifeste, Schriften, Konzepte', Munich: Verlag Silke Schreiber, 1997, pp. 51-65
Metzger, Gustav, [Text on the reconstruction of 'Cardboards' for the exhibition 'Made New. Barry Flanagan, Tim Mapston, Gustav Metzger, Alfred Jarry' at City Racing, London, UK], London: City Racing, 20 October 1996 (Single sheet)

1995 Metzger, Gustav, in: Craiger-Smith, Martin (ed.), 'Yves Klein Now. Sixteen Views', London: Southbank Centre, 1995, ill.

1994 Metzger, Gustav, 'Elements Centre' [single page text], Amsterdam, 1994

1992 Metzger, Gustav, 'Earth Minus Environment. A Sculptural Project for the UN Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, 1-12 June 1992' [two pages text], Amsterdam: Galerie A, 6 January 1992

1990 Metzger, Gustav, 'Wiener Aktionismus 1960-1974', Milan: Studio Oggetto, 1990

1984 Metzger, Gustav, 'Press Release. Artists Support Peace' [single page text], 6 January 1984

1981 Metzger, Gustav, 'Faschismus Deutschland: Darstellung, Analyse, Bekämpfen' [two loose pages], in: Abegglen, Anne (ed.), 'Vor dem Abbruch. Künstlerische Aktionen in den dem Abbruch geweihten Räumen des Museums', Bern: Kunstmuseum Bern, 1981, ill. (exh. cat.)
Metzger, Gustav, 'Kollektiv Cordula Frowein, Gustav Metzger, Klaus Staeck [Passiv – Explosiv]. Pressegespräch' [single page text], Cologne: Hahnentorburg, 1981
Metzger, Gustav, 'Passiv – Explosiv. Entwurf einer Ausstellung' [two pages text], Cologne: Hahnentorburg, 1981

1976 Metzger, Gustav, 'Art in Germany under National Socialism', in: 'Studio International', London, March-April 1976, pp. 110-111

1974 Metzger, Gustav, 'Years without Art 1977-1980' / 'The Art Dealer: A Bibliography', in: Joachimides, Christos, Rosenthal, Norman (eds.), 'Art into Society – Society into Art. Seven German Artists', London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1974, pp. 79-86

1973 Metzger, Gustav (ed.), 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 28, January 1973

1972 Metzger, Gustav, 'A Critical Look at Artist Placement Group', in: 'Studio International', London, January 1972, pp. 4-5
Metzger, Gustav, Beuys, Joseph, 'Information Action' [Video transcription of Joseph Beuys action in the Tate Gallery, 25 February 1972; includes a dialogue between Gustav Metzger and Joseph Beuys; inv. no. TAV 616AB], London: Tate Gallery Archive, 1972
Metzger, Gustav, 'Executive Profile' [single page text], London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1972
Metzger, Gustav, 'From the City Pages', in: 'Studio International', London, December 1972, pp. 210-211
Metzger, Gustav, 'Notes on Recent Work' / 'Projects for "British Thing" Show', in: 'Prismavis', Hovikødden, no. 4, September 1972
Metzger, Gustav, 'Second Floor...', in: 'Newssheet. Gallery House', London, no. 1, 1972
Metzger, Gustav, 'Stockholm June: ein Projekt für Stockholm 1. bis 15. Juni 1972', in: Szeemann, Harald, Grüterich, Marlis, von den Velden, Katia (eds.), 'documenta 5' [Section 16], Kassel: Verlag Documenta, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Verlag, 1972, pp. 55-56 (exh. cat.)
Metzger, Gustav (ed.), 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 20-27, February-December 1972

1971 Metzger, Gustav, 'Five Screens with Computer. Computer Graphic Aspects of a Sculpture Project', in: 'Computer Graphics ‘70', London: Plenum Press, 1971
Metzger, Gustav, 'Sculpture with Power', in: Concheiro, A. Alonso (ed.), 'Memoria de la Conferencia Internacional sobre Sistemas, Redes y Computadoras', Mexico: IEEE, 1971
Metzger, Gustav, 'Untitled Paper on Theme Number Three for "Computer and Visual Research Symposium", Zagreb 1969', in: 'Bit International', Zagreb, no. 7, 1971
Metzger, Gustav (ed.), 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 13-19, January-December 1971

1970 Metzger, Gustav, 'Do You Eat?' [single page text], London: University College/Slade School of Fine Art, February 1970
Metzger, Gustav, 'Five Screens with Computer' / 'Design Studies...', in: 'Tendencije 4. Zagreb, 1968-1969. Computers and Visual Research', Zagreb: Galerija Suvremene Umjetnosti, 1970 (exh. cat.)
Metzger, Gustav, 'Gordon Hyde', in: 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 11, October 1970
Metzger, Gustav, 'International Coalition for the Liquidation of Art' [single page text], London, 15 October 1970
Metzger, Gustav, 'Kinetics', in: 'Art and Artists', London, September 1970
Metzger, Gustav, 'New Ideas in Plotter Design Construction and Output' [lecture at “Computer Graphics ’70”], London 1970, unpublished
Metzger, Gustav, 'Notes on the Crisis in Technological Art' / '4 Manifestos by Gustav Metzger', in: 'Klepht', Swansea, no. 1, January 1970
Metzger, Gustav, 'Social Responsibility and the Computer Professional: The Rise of an Idea in America. Part 1', in: 'Page. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 11, October 1970
Metzger, Gustav (ed.), 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 6-12, February-November 1970

1969 Metzger, Gustav, 'Automata in History' [Part 1], in: 'Studio International', London, March 1969, pp. 107-109
Metzger, Gustav, 'Automata in History' [Part 2], in: 'Studio International', London, October 1969, pp. 109-117
Metzger, Gustav, 'Five Screens with Computer (1963-69)', in: 'Event One', London: Computer Arts Society, 1969 (exh. cat.)
Metzger, Gustav, 'Notes on the Crisis in Technological Art' [single page text handed out at 'Post Mortem on Event One', British Computer Society], London, 3 April 1969
Metzger, Gustav, 'Statements', in: 'Circuit', Cambridge, no. 10/11, 1969
Metzger, Gustav (ed.), 'PAGE. Bulletin of the Computer Arts Society', London, no. 1-5, April-November 1969

1968 Metzger, Gustav, 'Arts Festival ’68, University College of Swansea, Extremes Touch' [single page text], Swansea, 1968
Metzger, Gustav, 'Five Screens with Computer', in: 'Cybernetic Serendipity. The Computer and the Arts. Special Issue of "Studio International"', London, 1968, p. 31, ill.
Metzger, Gustav, 'Theory of Auto-Destructive Art', in: 'Calendar of the (only shortly existing) Anti-University', London, 1968
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS-Information' [single page text], London, no. 5, March 1968

1967 Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS Preliminary Report' [booklet for the Symposium], London, February 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS-Information' [single page text], London, no. 4, September 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS-Information' [single page text], London, no. 3, August 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS-Information' [single page text], London, no. 2, June 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS-Information' [single page text], London, no. 1, March 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'Manifest 1961', in: 'dé-coll/age', Cologne, no. 6, July 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'Briefe von Gustav Metzger an Wolf Vostell', in: 'dé-coll/age', Cologne, no. 6, July 1967
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS Preliminary Report', in: 'dé-coll/age', Cologne, no. 6, July 1967

1966 Metzger, Gustav, 'An Overwhelming Concern with Shelter!', in: 'Peace News', London, no. 2, September 1966
Metzger, Gustav, 'Art of Liquid Crystals' [single page text], London: Better Books, January 1966
Metzger, Gustav, 'Auto-Destructive Art' [Letter to the editor in answer to an article on Lecture/Demonstration at the Architectural Association], in: 'Anarchy Magazine', London, no. 64, June 1966
Metzger, Gustav, 'DIAS', in: 'Resurgence', London, vol. 1, no. 4, November/December 1966
Metzger, Gustav, 'Excerpts from Selected Papers Presented at the 1966 Destruction in Art Symposium', in: 'Studio International', London, December 1966, pp. 282-283
Metzger, Gustav, 'Gustav Metzger', in: 'Art and Artists. Auto-Destructive', London, vol. 1, no. 5, August 1966
Metzger, Gustav, 'The possibility of Auto-Destructive Architecture', in: 'Clip-Kit. Studies in Environmental Design' [Independent publication of students at the Architectural Association], London, no. 2, 1966

1965 Metzger, Gustav, 'Auto-Destructive Art. A Talk at the Architectural Association London by Gustav Metzger' [Lecture given at the Architectural Association on 24 February 1965, reprint of the version published in ACC], London: Destruction/Creation, 1965
Metzger, Gustav, 'Auto-Destructive Art: Metzger at AA' [Extended version of the lecture given at the Architectural Association on 24 February 1965], in: 'ACC', London, June 1965
Metzger, Gustav, 'Auto-Destructive Art', in: 'Granta', Cambridge, vol. 71, no. 12457, 6 November 1965

1964 Metzger, Gustav, 'With the five bubble machines…' [Comment on David Medalla], in: 'Signals. Newsbulletin of the Centre for Advanced Creative Study', London, vol. 1, no. 2, September 1964, p. 8

1963 Metzger, Gustav, 'Centre for Advanced Creative Studies' [single page text; joint declaration with Marcello Salvadori about the aims of the centre], London, 1963

1962 Metzger, Gustav, 'Machine, Auto-Creative and Auto-Destructive Art', in: 'Ark. Journal of the Royal College of Art', London, no. 32, Summer 1962

1960 Metzger, Gustav, 'The Temple Gallery… June 1960… A New Movement in Art…' [Invitation to the first 'Lecture/Demonstration', 22 June 1960, Temple Gallery], London, 1960

1957 Metzger, Gustav, [Leaflets concerning the North End Protest], King’s Lynn, 1957
Metzger, Gustav, 'North End protest – answer to Mayor' [Letter to the editor], in: 'Lynn News and Advertiser', King’s Lynn, 20 December 1957
Metzger, Gustav, 'Old Church Art', King’s Lynn: King’s Lynn Festival, 1957 (exh. cat.)

1956 Metzger, Gustav, 'These Artists are possessed. They gamble with life' [Article on the Hatwell / Paolozzi / Turnbull exhibition], in: 'Lynn News and Advertiser', King’s Lynn, 27 July 1956

1953 Metzger, Gustav, [Letter to 'Jewish Quarterly', David Bomberg Archive], 1953, unpublished

1951-53 Metzger, Gustav, [Letters to David Bomberg, David Bomberg Archive / Tate Archive Gallery], 1951-1953


1969 Metzger, Gustav, Benthall, Jonathan, Hyde, Gordon, 'Zagreb Manifesto', in: 'Studio International', London, June 1969

1964 Metzger, Gustav, 'On Random Activity in Material/Transforming Works of Art' [Fifth Manifesto], London, 30 July 1964, in: 'Signals. Newsbulletin of the Centre for Advanced Creative Study', London, vol. 1, no. 2, September 1964, p. 14

1962 Metzger, Gustav, 'Manifesto World' [Forth Manifesto], London, 7 October 1962

1961 Metzger, Gustav, 'Auto-Destructive Art, Machine Art, Auto-Creative Art' [Third Manifesto ('South-Bank-Manifesto')], London, 23 June 1961

1960 Metzger, Gustav, 'Manifesto Auto-Destructive Art' [Second Manifesto], London, 10 March 1960

1959 Metzger, Gustav, 'Cardboards selected and arranged by G. Metzger – Auto-Destructive Art' [First Manifesto], London, 4 November 1959


2018 Lowndes, Sarah, Nairne, Andrew, 'Actions. The image of the world can be different', Cambridge: Kettle's Yard, 2018, ill.
Boon, Marcus, Levine, Gabriel, 'Practice', Cambridge: MIT Press, 2018

2017 de Chassey, Éric, 'Après la fin: suspensions et reprises de la peinture dans les années 1960 et 1970', Paris: Klincksieck, 2018, ill.
Spieker, Sven (ed.), 'Destruction', London: Whitechapel Gallery, Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2017
Copeland, Mathieu, Lovay, Balthazar (eds.), 'The Anti-Museum. An Anthology', Freiburg im Üechtland: Fri Art, London: Walther König, 2017, ill.

2016 Guenin, Hélène, 'Sublime. Les tremblements du monde', Metz: Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2016, ill. (exh. cat.)
Moloney, Ciara, 'Kaleidoscope: Modern Art Oxford 50th anniversary', Oxford: Modern Art Oxford, 2016, ill. (exh .cat.)

2009 Bourriaud, Nicolas, 'Altermodern. Tate Triennial', London: Tate Publishing, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)
Copeland, Mathieu (ed.), 'Voids. A Retrospective', Zurich: JRP Ringier, Geneva: Ecart Publications, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)
Breitwieser, Sabine (ed.), 'Modernologies. Contemporary artists researching modernity and modernism', Barcelona: Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)
Henie-Onstad kunstsenter (ed.), 'Going to market', Høvikodden: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)
Eliasson, Olafur, Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Brockman, John (eds.), 'Experiment Marathon. Hans Ulrich Obrist & Olafur Eliasson', London: Walther König, 2009, ill. (exh. cat.)

2008 Messmer, Dorothee, Landert, Markus (eds.), 'Moralische Fantasien. Aktuelle Positionen zeitgenössischer Kunst in Zusammenhang mit der Klimaerwärmung. Moral imagination . Current positions in contemporary art in the face of global warming', Nuremberg : Verlag für moderne Kunst, Warth: Kunstmuseum Thurgau, 2008, ill. (exh. cat.)

2007 Bickers, Patricia, Wilson, Andrew, 'Talking Art. Interviews with artists since 1976', London: Art Monthly/Ridinghouse, 2007
Franzen, Brigitte, König, Kasper, Plath, Carina (eds.), 'Skulptur projekte Münster 07', Cologne: Walther König, ill. (exh. cat.)
Scholte, Tatja, Hoen, Paulien't, 'Preservation and presentation of installation art', Amsterdam: ICN, ś-Hertogenbosch: SBMK, 2007 (exh. cat.)
Stange, Raimar, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann (eds.), 'The Evil', Cologne: DuMont, 2007, ill. (exh. cat.)

2006 Baumann, Silke, Hernández, Diango, Neuenschwander, Simone (et al.), 'Diango Hernández, Gustav Metzger, Ahlam Shibli', Basel: Kunsthalle Basel, 2006, ill. (exh. cat.)
Matzner, Florian, 'Water found on Mars. Eva Maria Weinmayr. Gustav Metzger', Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2006

2004 Stephens, Chris, Stout, Katharine, 'Art and the Sixties – This Was Tomorrow', London: Tate Britain, 2004, pp. 93-111 (exh. cat.)

2003 Thierry, Raspail, 'C’est arrivé demain. 7e Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon 2003. Après', Lyon: Biennale de Lyon, Dijon: Les Presses du Reél, 2003, pp. 211-213, 272-292 (exh. cat.)
Bonami, Francesco (ed.), 'Dreams and Conflicts. The Dictatorship of the Viewer. 50th International Art Exhibition', Venice: La Biennale di Venezia/Marsilio Editori, 2003, p. 306 (exh. cat.)
Munder, Heike, Gygax, Raphael (eds.), 'St. Petrischnee', Zurich: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, 2003 (exh. cat.)

2002 Latour, Bruno, Weibel, Peter (ed.), 'Iconoclash', Karlsruhe: ZKM, 2002 (exh. cat.)
van Tujl, Gijs, Meyric-Hughes, Henry, 'Blast to Freeze. British Art in the 20th Century', Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2002, pp. 214-220 (exh. cat.)
Wade, Gavin, 'Strike', London: Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 2002 (exh. cat.)

2001 Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Vonderlinden, Barbara, 'Extremes Touch' [interview], in: Obrist, Hans Ulrich, Vonderlinden, Barbara (eds.), 'Laboratorium is the answer, what is the question?', Cologne: DuMont, 2001, pp. 27-31

2000 Higgs, Matthew, Noble, Paul (ed.), 'Protest and Survive', London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2000 (exh. cat.)
Kemp, Martin, 'Visualizations, the "Nature" Book of Art and Science', Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000, pp. 144-145
Morrison-Bell, Cynthia, Slyce, John, 'Look Out. Art/Society/Politics', London: DPICT, 2000 (exh. cat.)
Phillpot, Clive, Tarsia, Andrea (eds.), 'Live in Your Head. Concept and Experiment in Britain 1965-75', London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2000, pp. 9-15, 130-131

1999 Danzker, Jo-Anne Birnie, Horn, Luise (eds.), 'Dream City. Ein Münchner Gemeinschaftsprojekt', Munich: Kunstraum München/Museum Villa Stuck/Kunstverein München, 1999, pp. 81-83 (exh. cat.)
Hayward Gallery (ed.), 'Sublime: the darkness and the light ¬¬– Works from the Arts Council collection', London: Hayward Gallery, 1999 (exh. cat.)
Unterdörfer, Michaela, 'Form ist das Wichtigste oder Ich würde niemals meine Arbeiten nur als Kunst betrachten' [interview], in: Bowron, Astrid, Unterdörfer, Michaela, 'Gustav Metzger. Ein Schnitt entlang der Zeit', Nuremberg: Kunsthalle Nürnberg/Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 1999, pp. 29-46

1998 Millar, Jeremy, Schwarz, Michiel (eds.), 'Speed. Visions of an Accelerated Age', London: Whitechapel Art Gallery/Photographers’ Gallery, 1998 (exh. cat.)
Schimmel, Paul (ed.), 'Out of Actions ¬– Between Performance and the Object 1949-1978', Los Angeles: Museum Of Contemporary Art, 1998, pp. 88, 272-273 (exh. cat.)

1997 Stilles, Kristine, 'Thoughts on Destruction Art', in: 'Impakt 1997', Utrecht: Impakt Festival, pp. 2-5

1996 Bossé, Laurence, Obrist, Hans Ulrich, 'Life/Live' [2 volumes], Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1996 (exh. cat.)
Stilles, Kristine, 'Art and Technology', in: Stilles, Kristine, Selz, Peter, 'Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art. A Sourcebook of Artists’ Writings', Berkley: University of California Press, 1996, pp. 384-396

1994 Glew, Adrian, Hendricks, Jon, 'Fluxbritannica: Aspects of the Fluxus Movement 1962-73', London: Tate Gallery, 1994 (exh. brochure)

1992 Mellor, David, 'The Sixties Art Scene in London', London: Phaidon, 1993, pp. 31-34, 40-41, 232 (exh. cat.)
Stilles, Kristine, 'Selected Comments on Destruction in Art', in: Adriaansen, Alex, Brouwer, Joke (eds.), 'Boek voor de Instabiele Media (Book for the unstable Media)', Rotterdam: V2 Publishing, 1992

1991 Stilles, Kristine, 'Thresholds of Control. Destruction in Art and Terminal Culture', in: Gerbel, Karl (ed.), 'Out of Control', Linz: Veritas Verlag, 1991, pp. 29-50

1990 Syring, Marie-Louise (ed.), 'Um 1968: konkrete Utopien in Kunst und Gesellschaft', Cologne: DuMont, 1990 (exh. cat.)

1988 Hartley, Keith, 'Wien und Grossbritannien', in: Klocker, Hubert (ed.), 'Von der Aktionsmalerei zum Aktionismus, Wien 1960-1965', Klagenfurt: Ritter Verlag, 1988, pp. 81-88, ill. (exh. cat.)

1986 Krug, Hartmut (ed.), 'Kunst im Exil in Grossbritannien 1933-1945', Berlin: Frölich und Kaufmann, 1986 (exh. cat.)

1983 Popper, Frank, 'Introduction', in: 'Electra', Paris: Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 1983 (exh. cat.)

1981 Abegglen, Anne (ed.), 'Vor dem Abbruch. Künstlerische Aktionen in den dem Abbruch geweihten Räumen des Museums', Bern: Kunstmuseum Bern, 1981 (exh. cat.)

1977 Brighton, Andrew, Morris, Lynda (eds.), 'Towards Another Picture. An Anthology of Writings by Artists Working in Britain 1945-1977', Nottingham: Midland Group, 1977 (exh. cat.)
Joachimides, Christos (ed.), 'Joseph Beuys Richtkräfte', Berlin: Nationalgalerie Berlin, 1977, pp. 5-6, 23, 32 (exh. cat.)

1974 Joachimides, Christos, Rosenthal, Norman, 'Art into Society – Society into Art. Seven German Artists', London: Institute of Contemporary Arts, 1974, pp. 5, 9-10, 14, 37, 79-86 (exh. cat.)

1972 Szeemann, Harald (ed.), 'documenta 5. Befragung der Realität, Bildwelten heute' [Section 16], Kassel: Verlag Documenta, Gütersloh: Bertelsmann Verlag, 1972, pp. 55-56 (exh. cat.)

1971 Campbell, Robin, Lynton, Norbert (eds.), 'Art Spectrum: London', London: Alexandra Palace, 1971, p. 18-19 (exh. cat.)
Kelemen, Boris, Putar, Radoslav (eds.), 'Dialogue with the Machine' [reprint of 'Bit International', Zagreb, no. 7, 1971], Zagreb: Bit International/Galerija Grada, 1971 (exh. cat.)

1970 Bann, Stephen, 'Experimental Painting. Construction, abstraction, destruction, reduction', London: Studio Vista, 1970, pp. 59-62
Hayward Gallery (ed.), 'Kinetics', London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1970 (exh. cat.)
Sohm, Hanns (ed.), 'Happening und Fluxus: Materialien', Cologne: Kölnischer Kunstverein, 1970 (exh. cat.)

1966 Popper, Frank, 'The Relationships of Auto-Destructive and Auto-Creative Art and Kinetic Art', January 1966, unpublished

1965 Ryan, James, 'Between Poetry and Painting', London: Institute for Contemporary Arts/William Kempner, 1965 (exh. cat.)
Sharp, Willoughby, 'Chronology of Kineticism', in: Amel Gallery (ed.), 'Tsai', New York: Amel Gallery, 1965 (exh. cat.)

1961 Hultén, Pontus (ed.), 'Bewogen Beweging', Stockholm: Björkman, 1961 (exh. cat.)
Seitz, William, 'The Art of Assemblage', New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1961, pp. 87-92 (exh. cat.)

1953 Berkeley Galleries (ed.), 'Borough Bottega', London: Berkeley Galleries, 1953 (exh. cat.)


2004 Burrell, Ian, 'Modern Art is rubbish ¬– and confusing for Tate cleaner', in: The Independent, London, 27 August 2004, p. 21
BBC-TV, 'Politics and Performance' [part 3 of the documentary series 'Art and The Sixties', directed by Vanessa Engle], July 2004
Renton, Andrew, 'The daddy of destruction', in: The Evening Standard, London, 27 July 2004
Jones, Alison, 'Introduction to the Historic Photographs of Gustav Metzger', on:, July 2004
Arts Council England, 'Pioneers in Art and Science: Metzger' [documentary directed by Ken McMullen], June 2004
October Gallery, 'From DIAS to Punk' [video recording of the panel discussion with Gustav Metzger, John Dunbar, John Hopkins, Barry Miles, Andrew Wilson], 2004

2003 Jäger, Lorenz, 'Blumfeld, ach so…', in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt am Main, 20 October 2003, p. 35
Ardenne, Pierre (et al.), 'C’est arrivé demain. 7e Biennale d’art contemporain, Lyon', in: Art Press, Paris, no. 293, September 2003
Suchin, Peter, 'Gustav Metzger. t1+2 Artspace, London', in: Frieze, London, no. 75, May 2003
Schürenberg, Barbara, 'Dialog mit Gabelstapler', in: Die Welt, Berlin, 11 April 2003
Garlake, Margaret, 'Blast to Freeze, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg', in: Art Monthly, London, April 2003
Resonance 104.4fm, 'You Are Hear' [radio broadcasting with Gustav Metzger and Stewart Home], 24 February 2003
Hackworth, Nick, 'Signs of Subversion in a derelict gin factory', in: Evening Standard, London, 30 January 2003
Ford, Simon, 'Technological Kindergarten. Gustav Metzger and Early Computer Art', in: Mute, London, no. 26, 2003

2002 Jones, Jonathan, 'The Bomb in Art; Magic Mushrooms', in: The Guardian, London, 6 August 2002, pp. 18-19

2001 Haines, Luke, 'Down mikes – we’re going on strike', in: The Guardian, London, 31 May 2001, p. 13
Kraushaar, Wolfgang, 'Gitarrenzertrümmerung. Gustav Metzger, die Idee des autodestruktiven Kunstwerks und deren Folgen in der Rockmusik', in: Mittelweg 36. Zeitschrift des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung, Hamburg, vol. 10, no. 1, February-March 2001

2000 Jones, Jonathan, 'The Mentors: School of thought', in: The Observer, London, 19 March 2000
Cumming, Laura, 'Revisit 1967, you bourgeois sucker', in: The Observer, London, 13 February 2000

1999 Blättner, Martin, 'Gustav Metzger. Ein Schnitt entlang der Zeit', in: Kunstforum International, Cologne, vol. 147, September-November 1999, p. 435
Hoffmann, Justin, 'Gustav Metzger. Kunsthalle Nürnberg', in: Springerin, Vienna, vol. 5, no. 3, September-November 1999, pp. 71-72
Christofori, Ralf, 'Die Kunst des Autokreativen Handelns', in: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt am Main, 13 August 1999, p. 44
Searle, Adrian, 'Tale of the Mermaid', in: The Guardian, London, 6 July 1999, pp. 10-11
Hauschild, Joachim, 'Finster entschlossen zur Kritik. München Dream City', in: Art. Das Kunstmagazin, Hamburg, no. 6, June 1999, p. 96
Wege, Astrid, 'In der Glaskugel', in: Texte zur Kunst, Cologne, no. 34, June 1999, pp. 157-162
Schütz, Heinz, 'Dream City', in: Kunstforum International, Cologne, vol. 145, May-June 1999, p. 312
Jeffreys, David, 'Yoko Ono, Gustav Metzger, Ilya Kabakov', in: The Burlington Magazine, London, April 1999, pp. 242-243
Müller, Dorothee, 'Leben im Widerstand' [interview], in: Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, 25 March 1999, p. 22
Dattenberger, Simone, 'Ich bleibe auf der Schwelle', in: Münchner Merkur, Munich, 20-21 March 1999
Labelle Roujoux, Arnaud, 'Gustav Metzger, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford', in: Art Press, Paris, no. 244, March 1999, pp. 70-71
Wallace, Christopher Martin, 'Intimate Auto-Destruction, Gustav Metzger at Spacex Gallery, Exeter. February/March 1999', on:, February/March 1999
Archer, Michael, 'Gustav Metzger, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford', in: Artforum International, New York, February 1999, p. 107

1998 Wilson, Andrew, 'A terrible beauty' [interview], in: Art Monthly, London, December 1998-January 1999, pp. 7-11
Kuhn, Nicola, 'Unerhörter Warner in der Wüste – Abgetaucht, wieder entdeckt, missverstanden: Die "Young British Artists" lieben Gustav Metzger', in: Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin, 20 December 1998, p. 27
Cork, Richard, 'Finger on the Self-destruct Button', in: The Times, London, 15 December 1998, p. 33
Weiner, Julia, 'Chasids and acids', in: Jewish Chronicle, London, 4 December 1998
Jones, Alison, 'The assault course', in: Socialist Review, London, no. 225, December 1998
Flint, Rob, 'Art Attack', in: Red Pepper, London, December 1998, pp. 25-26
Collings, Matthew, 'Dropping acid. Gustav Metzger, Art and Language and Bank', in: The Observer, London, 8 November 1998, p. 10
___, 'Blow up', in: Scene, London, November 1998, p. 15
Jones, Jonathan, 'Guru in a gasmask', in: The Guardian, London, 31 October 1998
O’Rorke, Imogen, 'Back on the road to ruin', in: The Independent, London, 26 October 1998
Hervé, Louise, 'Gustav Metzger', in: Les cahiers de la sculpture, London/Paris, no. 10/98, October 1998
O. W., 'Disappearing act', in: The Art Newspaper, London, no. 85, October 1998
Jones, Alison, 'Gustav Metzger Interview with Alison Jones' [interview], on:, London, 14 August 1998
Hauffen, Michael, 'Gustav Metzger: Manifeste, Schriften, Konzepte', in: Kunstforum International, Cologne, vol. 141, July-September 1998, p. 487
Palmer, Judith, 'Talks Judith Palmer', in: The Independent, London, 22 June 1998, p. 12
ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, [Video interview by Andrew Wilson at the ICA, London], 1998
Puvogel, Renate, '"Out of Actions". Between Performance and the Object 1949-1979', in: Eikon. Internationale Zeitschrift für Photographie und Medienkunst, Vienna, no. 24, 1998, pp. 56-57

1997 Draxler, Helmut, 'Gustav Metzger. Kunstraum München', in: Springer, Vienna, vol. 3, no. 4, December 1997-Februar 1998, pp. 76-77
Hoffmann, Justin, 'Die Erfindung des Art Strike' [interview], in: Vierte Hilfe, Munich, Winter 1997/98, pp. 54-57
Fricke, Harald, 'Vom Säureattentat zum Rinderwahnsinn', in: Tageszeitung, Berlin, 5 November 1997, p. 17
Obrist, Hans Ulrich, [Video interview with Gustav Metzger by Hans Ulrich Obrist], November 1997
Maier, Anne, 'Gustav Metzger im Kunstraum', in: Das Kunst-Bulletin, Zurich, no. 9, September 1997, pp. 48-49
National Sound Archive, British Library, [Interview series by Clive Phillpot], 1997

1996 Cruz, Juan, 'Made New, City Racing', in: Art Monthly, London, December 1996
Wilson, Andrew, 'Life versus Art', in: Art Monthly, London, November 1996
Cutts, Simon, van Horn, Erica, [interview], in: JAB – The Journal of Artists’ Books, Chicago, no. 5, Spring 1996
Rosenthal, Norman, 'Gustav Metzger', in: Turner, London, 1996
Stiles, Kristine, 'Auto-Destructive Art', in: Turner, London, 1996

1995 Glew, Adrian, 'The Mad Messiah…', in: Don’t Tell It, London, October 1995
Walker, John A., 'Message from the Margin', in: Art Monthly, London, October 1995, pp. 14-17

1994 Galeyev, Bulat M., 'Schoenberg/Kandinsky Symposium and the Academy of Light', in: Leonardo, Oxford, vol. 27, no. 1, 1994, pp. 3-5

1993 Wilson, Andrew, 'Telling it Like it Really Wasn’t', in: Art Monthly, London, May 1993

1992 Stilles, Kristine, 'Survival Ethos and Destruction Art', in: Discourse. Berkeley Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Berkeley, no. 14, Spring 1992, pp. 74-102

1991 Hoffmann, Justin, 'Gustav Metzger und die Autodestruktive Kunst', in: Artis. Zeitschrift für neue Kunst, Bern, no. 5, May 1991, pp. 40-45

1989 Stiles, Kristine, 'Sticks and Stones: The Destruction in Art Symposium', in: Arts Magazine, New York, January 1989

1988 ___, 'Deconstruction and the Arts', in: Art and Design, London, no. 3-4, 1988

1987 Stiles, Kristine, 'Synopsis of the Destruction in Art Symposium (DIAS) and its Theoretical Significance', in: The Act, New York, Spring 1987
Stiles, Kristine, 'Introduction to the Destruction in Art Symposium: DIAS'/'Discussion with Ivor Davies', in: Link, Grosmont, vol. 52, September 1987, pp. 4-10

1981 ___, 'Faschismus: Darstellung, Analyse, Bekämpfen', in: Woka. Wochenkalender der Studentenschaft Universität Bern, Bern, no. 5, 14 May 1981
___, 'Passiv – Explosiv', in: Monochrom, Cologne, 1981

1978 Walker, John A., 'Art and Anarchism', in: Art and Artists, London, May 1978

1977 Schönberger, Angela, 'Art in Germany under National Socialism', in: Kritische Berichte, Giessen, no. 1, 1977, pp. 70-72

1975 Dallett, Anne, 'The ARLIS International Conference on Art Periodicals', in: Art Libraries Journal, Preston, Summer 1975
Joachimides, Christos, 'Art into Society', in: Kunstforum, Mainz, vol. 13, February-April 1975

1974 Gilmour, Pat, 'Art into Society, Society into Art', in: Arts Review, London, 1974

1972 Brett, Guy, 'David Medalla/Gustav Metzger', in: The Times, London, 5 December 1972
Musgrave, Victor, 'The Unknown Art Movement', in: Free Fluxus Now. Special Issue of 'Art and Artists', London, October 1972, pp. 12-14
Bowen, Denis, 'Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery House, London', in: Arts Review, London, vol. XXIV, no. 8, 22 April 1972

1971 Sheperd, Michael, 'In the Picture', in: Daily Telegraph, London, December 1971
Benthall, Jonathan, [untitled], in: Colóquio Artes, Lisbon, no. 4, October 1971

1970 Brett, Guy, 'On the Move', in: The Times, London, 29 September 1970
Fuller, Peter, 'The LSD of Art', in: New Society, London, 9 July 1970
Feaver, William, 'Arte Povera', in: London Magazine, London, vol. 9, no. 12, March 1970, pp. 97-101

1969 Benthall, Jonathan, 'Art and Technology' [Part 2], in: Studio International, London, November 1969, p. 152
Benthall, Jonathan, 'Art and Technology' [Part 1], in: Studio International, London, May 1969, p. 212
BBC-TV, 'Art in Europe Since 1945' [documentary directed by Nancy Thomas, Paul Overy], February 1969
Reichardt, Jasia (ed.), 'Cybernetic Serendipity. The Computer and the Arts', in: Special issue of 'Studio International', London, 1969

1968 Lippard, Lucy, Chandler, John, 'The Dematerialization of Art', in: Art International, Lugano, vol. XII/2, February 1968, pp. 31-36
Williams, Sheldon, 'Scapegoats and Outsiders and Artists in Danger', in: Help, London, 1968

1967 Livesey, Anthony, 'Art Politic: Crime and Punishment', in: Art and Artists, London, September 1967
Reichardt, Jasia, 'Some Notes on the Brighton Conference', in: Studio International, London, June 1967, pp. 278-279
___, 'Miles Interviews Pete Townshend', in: International Times, London, 13 February 1967

1966 Hansen, Al, 'London: Destruction in Art Symposium', in: Arts Magazine, New York, November 1966
Prosser, John, 'Photoreport on DIAS', in: Art and Artists, London, October 1966
Amaya, Mario, 'Destruction in Art… What are They Trying to Prove?', in: London Life, London, 8 October 1966
Houédard, Dom Sylvester, 'The Aesthetics of the Death Wish', in: Art and Artists, London, August 1966
Amaya, Mario (ed.), 'Art and Artists. Auto-Destructive', London, vol. 1, no. 5, August 1966
Blackburn, Susan, 'If You Had 200 Pound to Spend on Art', in: Weekend Telegraph, London, 10 June 1966
Clay, Jean, 'Art Should Change Man: Commentary from Stockholm', in: Studio International, London, March 1966, pp. 116-120

1965 Crallan, John, 'Letters to the Editor', in: AA Journal, London, June 1965
Smith, John, 'Correction', in: AA Journal, London, May 1965
Oliver, Paul, 'Auto-Destructive Art', in: AA Journal, London, April 1965
Smith, John, 'Editor’s Viewpoint', in: AA Journal, London, March 1965
Plagemann, Stephen, 'Auto-Destructive Art', in: Sinistra, Cambridge, 1965

1963 Contemporary Films Ltd., 'Auto-Destructive Art, The Activities of G. Metzger' [film directed by Harold Liversidge], 1963

1960 ___, 'Gustav Metzger', in: Varsity, Cambridge, October 1960
Reichardt, Jasia, 'Expendable Art', in: Architectural Design, London, October 1960, pp. 421-422
Arrowsmith, Pat, 'Auto-Destructive Art', in: Peace News, London, July 1960
Reichardt, Jasia, 'The Art of Suicide', in: Time and Tide, London, 25 June 1960
Rydon, John, 'Modern art will fall to bits', in: Daily Express, London, 15 March 1960
Bullock, Michael, 'Cardboards' [publication of the first model for the Auto-Destructive Monument], in: Art News and Review, London, 1960

1959 Bullock, Michael, 'Cardboards arranged by Gustav Metzger', in: Art News and Review, London, 21 November 1959
Rydon, John, 'It’s Pictures from Packing Cases', in: Daily Express, London, 12 November 1959

1958 ___, 'Kennedy-US will bar all ships carrying Castro arms' [on Metzger’s project for the Festival of Misfits], in: Daily Express, London, 23 December 1958
___, 'Protest Marchers arrested at the Thor Site' [on the Rocket Base Marches], in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 23 December 1958, front page, ill.
___, 'Violent Scenes at Missile Base' [on the Rocket Base Marches], in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 9 December 1958, front page, ill.

1957 Betjeman, John, 'City and Suburban', in: The Spectator, London, 13 December 1957
___, 'Champion of Lynn North End Speaks Out', in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 19 November 1957, p. 3
___, 'For and against road through North End', in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 26 November 1957, front page, ill.
___, 'Mr. Metzger takes North End cause to London', in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 10 December 1957, front page, ill.
___, 'Mayor answers the critics', in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 13 December 1957, front page
___, 'Civic Society Chairman meets "Champion" on VHF', in: Lynn News and Advertiser, King’s Lynn, 17 December 1957, front page

1954 Bullock, Michael, 'The Borough Bottega', in: Plan, January 1954

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