Gustav Metzger / DIAS

A Collection of Six Documents by Gustav Metzger and/or DIAS (Destruction in Art Symposium)



Gustav Metzger, Auto-Destructive Art: Demonstration by G. Metzger, South Bank London 3 July 1961, 11.45am-12.15pm. 1pp manifesto printed on one side only, black on cream stock, published to accompany Metzger’s acid painting demonstration at the South Bank, 280x205mm printed sheet. No edition size given. Published by the artist, London, 1961.


Gustav Metzger, Auto-Destructive Art: A Talk at the Architectural Association, London, stapled in printed wraps, 265x200mm, 28pp. Black and white illustrations by Cyril Wilson. ‘This text is an expanded version of a talk given at the Architectural Association, 24 February 1965, was first published by A.C.C., 34-36 Bedford Square, London W.C.1. June 1965. Reprinted with the addition of photographs and manifestos, October, 1965. This is the first publication of MANIFESTO WORLD’ (inside backcover). No edition size given. Published by Destruction/Creation, Camberwell, London, October 1965.


DIAS Press Release, 27 April 1966 sent out to magazines by Metzger preceding the September symposium. Punch holed, tear to top left corner, inscribed and signed by Metzger on verso. Foolscap sheet. Printed black on white stock. (mimeo?) No edition size given, no publisher given (DIAS, London, 1966).


DIAS: Construction in Art Symposium, London September 1966. Conclusion…30 September 1966, 8pm. One folded sheet with felt tip correction printed black on blue stock. Foolscap. Lists the various events of that day including Destruction Art Group of Buenos Aires, 1966 (TAPE), Ralph Ortiz (Event film), Yoko Ono (Disappearing Piece) Mark Boyle (Projections) Ivor Davies (Silent Explosion) Barry Flanagan (Sand Sculpture) John Latham (Film) and others. ‘Please note: This is the final activity in the DIAS September programme’. No edition size given.


Ticket for the DIAS event: DIAS Africa Centre 38 King Street Covent Garden, WC2. 100 x 88 mm white card with red and black printing. Number 24 written in felt tip, and name ‘Mercury’ also in dark purple felt tip, printed one side only. No edition size given, no publisher given (DIAS., London). September, 1966.


D.I.A.S Preliminary Report – Destruction in Art Symposium, London, 9,10,11, September, 1966, 6pp. foolscap, stapled, printed recto only. A survey of the Destruction in Art Symposium with a reprint of the schedule of events as well as a review in the Guardian, text by H. Reinhardt, list of participants, bibliography and performances. Published by D.I.A.S London, February, 1967.