All images: Olaf Metzel "Gelbes Mauerstück" at Wentrup Berlin (4th of March - 19th of April), Courtesy Galerie Wentrup, Berlin © Olaf Metzel
It all started in the late 70s during the 'German Autmn', when policemen entered Berlin's art academy UDK and devastated several studios of the art students. Among them was Berlin-born Olaf Metzel – at that time with a major focus on classic italian art. His interests and forms of expressions changed after that event: he chose vandalism and documented the selective destruction via video. Contrary to many artists, who have unsuccessfully tried to provoke, to appeal for revolution or who miscalculated their audience's economy of attention, Metzel managed several times to cause an outrage. There is always a taste of riot surrounding his art. His public sculpture "Turkish Delight" (2007) in Vienna for example, which showed a naked girl wearing a headscarf, was tipped over and caused a massive amount of hate mails. In 1987, Metzel placed the public work "Randale-Denkmal", consisting of steel barriers and supermarket trolleys, at Joachimsthaler Platz in West-Berlin – exactly the spot where policemen and protesters clashed many times. After conservative dissenting votes, the work was relocated to an industrial party area in the former east.