Gustav Metzger (*1926) was born as the son of Polish-Orthodox Jews in Nuremberg, Germany, and in 1939 — with the help of the ‘Refugee Children Movement’ — he escaped to Great Britain together with his brother Max-Mendel. Since then, except for a number of stays abroad, he has lived in London. Since the early 1960s, Gustav Metzger has been an outstanding personality in British public life. Not only as an artist but also as a political activist who engages mainly in the peace and the environmental movement he has significant influence on the British as well as the international art scene.
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