In 1963, Allan Kaprow devised the environment Push and Pull. A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann. Hans Hofmann had had great influence on his generation with his proverbial “push and pull” teaching methodology. According to this method, the composition of a picture should consist equally of static and dynamic elements, of geometrical and free forms, and of emerging aggressive and receding passive color tones—a constant forward and backward. Kaprow’s environment was a parody of these formalisms. Following instructions, visitors to his 1963 presentation were able to move items of furniture to and fro in the spirit of Hofmann‘s abstract teaching methods. In later presentations, Kaprow required new interpretations of the work (re-inventions), which was based around a box with instructions written on card boards, which today are part of the Wolfgang Hahn Collection at mumok.
For the exhibition Art into Life! artists Eva Chytilek and Jakob Neulinger have created a re-interpretation of Kaprow’s work. In the very same space where Kaprow last re-invented his own work in 2002, Chytilek and Neulinger draw on his approach. They mount instruction boards on the walls and place a carpet on the floor that deliberately extends beyond the space of the exhibition surface. This carpet serves as a stage on which visitors can engage with and make use of the setting and sculptural objects provided by the artists. The visitors are expected to change and design this space themselves. This Re-Invention by Chytilek and Neulinger also expands Kaprow’s proposal into virtual space. Under hashtag #pushxpull exhibition visitors are invited to document their own re-inventions on Instagram. Among those who do this mumok will organize a prize draw and winners will receive exhibition catalogues and annual tickets for the museum.