Art=Life=Art. Dada>Fluxus

Art=Life=Art. Dada>Fluxus highlights the connections and elements of continuity between the Dadaism of the 1920s and the Fluxus movement which started in the 1960s. Presented on mobile shelving, the works invite interaction, encouraging visitors to study them close up and compose their own personal exhibition layout.

Art as part of life (art=life), and not the opposite; breaking down barriers between what is deemed art and what is not, between playful and socially committed works of art. In 1916 Dadaism completely upended the prevailing concept of art, and the Fluxus movement of the early 60s drew on many elements and principles of Dada works.

The exhibition opens with Marcel Duchamp’s famous “Boîte-en-valise”. The installation, a limited edition production of the late 1930s which was reproduced by the artist himself in 1961, gathers around 60 miniature versions of his most important works, from his post-Futurist paintings to the legendary urinal. In the work Duchamp plays with the concepts of original and replica: the work is just one of the numerous ready mades and multiples in the show, typical manifestations of Dada and Fluxus. Both the ready mades – appropriations of everyday items – and the multiples, multiple editions of existing works, reject the idea of the work of art as a precious, unique one-off. The value of the work therefore lies not in the skill that went into producing it, but the artist’s intellectual operation. And if the conceptual aspect prevails over the manual one, it follows that even a piece of cake or a biscuit can become part of a work of art.

The exhibition features works by Erik Andersen, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage/Calvin Sumsion, Christo, Giuseppe Chiari, Philip Corner, Marcel Duchamp, Ken Friedman, Raymond Hains, John Heartfield, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Lamberto Pignotti, Robert Rauschenberg, Pierre Réstany, Mimmo Rotella, Sarenco, Daniel Spoerri, Ben Vautier, Jacques Villeglé, Wolf Vostell and Bob Watts; and artists’ books by: Marcel Duchamp, Christo, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, John Cage, Giuseppe Chiari, Philip Corner, Dick Higgins, Diter Roth, Daniel Spoerri, Klaus Staeck, Ben Vautier and Wolf Vostell.

Until February 24, 2013
Museion, Bolzano

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