MOCAK, Krakow: The lunatics are on the loose…

The lunatics are on the loose…

Fluxus european festivals 1962-1977

An exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the international artist network Fluxus. In 1962 at the Wiesbaden Museum, a group of young artists organised the festival Fluxus – Internationale Festspiele neuester Musik, which combined music and performance. On the poster advertising the event, someone wrote,’THE LUNATICS ARE ON THE LOOSE…’ During one of the performances, the originators of the movement shaved their heads and, shouting loud, took the grand piano apart. The audience showed their frank disapproval. For the first time, the world got to hear about Fluxus.

The exhibition aims to provide a synopsis of the Fluxus activities during the European festivals organised during the 60s and 70s. The exhibition will offer such materials as photographs, interviews with artists, visualisations, presentations documenting local art events, and Do-It-Yourself Fluxus installations.

The exhibition is part of a project realised in a number of European museums and cultural institutions. It was inaugurated in July 2012 at the  Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Apart from MOCAK, the exhibition will also visit such venues as the Nikolaj Contemporary Art Centrel in Copenhagen, the CAC (Contemporary Art Centre) in Vilnius and the Goethe Institut in Paris.

Selected artists: Eric Andersen, Philip Corner, Geoffrey Hendricks, Bengt af Klintberg, Milan Knízák, Alison Knowles, Jarosław Kozłowski, Vytautas Landsbergis, Larry Miller, Ann Noël, Ben Patterson, Willem de Ridder, Tamas St.Auby, Ben Vautier.

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