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Symposium: My Body is the Event

Vienna Actionism & Internationale Performance

The expansion of painting, abreaction, body analysis, self-mutilation, and shamanism. International experts discuss the relationships between Vienna Actionism and international performance art.

In My Body Is the Event. Vienna Actionism and International Performance, an exhibition running to August 23, 2015, mumok is presenting its own large collection of Vienna Actionism within the context of international developments in the 1960s and 1970s. Actions by Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler are compared and contrasted with works by artists including Marina Abramović, Chris Burden, VALIE EXPORT, Terry Fox, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, Natalia LL, Paul McCarthy, Ana Mendieta, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Neša Paripović, Ewa Partum, Carolee Schneemann, Wolf Vostell, and Hannah Wilke. Divided into several thematic sections, this exhibition addresses questions that were already at issue in the action art of the 1960s and 1970s. The presentation clearly shows that the Vienna artists were not only right up with the times but in many cases true pioneers.

Space is limited. For accreditation please send us an e-mail to until April 20, 2015.


Thursday, April 02, 2015