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THE BEGINNING. Art in Austria, 1945-1980. #5 Viennese Actionism

Category: Exhibition 29. June 2020

Among the contemporary art movements that developed after the Second World War in Austria, Viennese Actionism and its protagonists are the most prominent and most recognized internationally.

Hermann Nitsch, Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Rudolf Schwarzkogler have to be mentioned in the first place, but at some points in their careers, Padhi Frieberger as well as Arnulf Rainer also made their contribution to Actionism.

Viennese Actionism is characterized by a radicalism that was unusual for the era, by an apparently aggressive physicality and by the transition from sculpture to the body and to interior space.

The opening exhibition "The Beginning" at ALBERTINAmodern dedicates a specific focus to Viennese Actionism. In our video #5, CastYourArt interviewed curator Brigitte Borchhardt-Bierbaumer about this art movement. (written by Wolfgang Haas)

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