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Paris Photo LA 2013: –Konzett / Westlicht


Konzett Gallery’s (Vienna) show concentrates on two of the main protagonists of Vienna Actionism, Günter Brus and Otto Muehl. Günter Brus, who nowadays calls himself a ‘poet of the picture’, became part of the Austrian art history by means of two prominent actionist performances: His body painted white and parted in two halves by a black line, and promenading downtown Vienna in 1965. Three years later he was entitled Austria’s most disliked citizen he daggled the lecturer‘s desk in the New Institute Building of the Vienna University in the context of his “Bodyanalysis”. In the early 1960’s, the consistent expansion of his early pictorial work leads Otto Muehl (born 1925 in Grodnau) from the creation of material-pictures to junk sculptures in the transgression of genres. Using the method of destruction or rather by embedding common materials, Muehl, one of the main protagonists of Vienna Actionism, abandoned the work with conventional panel painting. The human body itself became an element of the performance equal to any other material used. Until the end of 1966 Muehl carried out his so-called “Materialaktionen (material-actions)“, usually with the assistance of a female model and with interruptions of their course in front of invited guests – including among others futurologist Robert Jungk, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Alexander Caruso, painter and graphic designer Kurt Moldovan, Raoul Schindler, head of the psychiatric hospital of Vienna. Among other rare photographic works, we will present Muehl’s photo-edition “Oh Sensibility“, 1970.

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