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Gustav Metzger

(1926-2017), Artist and political activist

Sitter in 17 portraits
Born in Nuremberg, Metzger came to Britain with his brother in 1939 under the auspices of the Refugee Children's Movement. His first solo exhibition of paintings on galvanised steel, was held at Brian Robins's coffee shop, The Farm, in 1959. From 1960 he was a member of the Committee of 100 and Ida Kar photographed him making anti-nuclear protest pieces by applying acid to sheets of nylon. The following year Kar recorded Metzger walking through London with a bag of rubbish, as part of the first public demonstration of auto-destructive art.

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Gustav Metzger at his first lecture demonstration at the Temple Gallery, possibly by John Cox, for  Ida Kar - NPG x134795

Gustav Metzger at his first lecture demonstration at the Temple Gallery

possibly by John Cox, for Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, June 1960
NPG x134795

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199029

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199029

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199030

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199030

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199031

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199031

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199032

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199032

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199033

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199033

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x199034

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1960
NPG x199034

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x131615

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, October 1962
NPG x131615

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x134995

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, October 1962
NPG x134995

Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x134996

Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, October 1962
NPG x134996

Robert Filliou; Gustav Metzger, by Ida Kar - NPG x135112

Robert Filliou; Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
2 1/4 inch square film negative, October 1962
NPG x135112

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Gustav Metzger

by Ida Kar
modern bromide print from original negative, October 1962
NPG x135082

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