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July 31, 2021

Fluxus exhibition and conference at Contemporary Art Museum

The exhibition “A long tale with many knots”, organized by the Institut fur Auslandsbeziehungen (IFA) Stuttgart with the support of the German Embassy in Bucharest and the Goethe-Institut, is one of the largest exhibitions dedicated to the Fluxus network, one of the most radical and experimental artistic movements dating from the 1960s, and to the group’s activities in Germany.

The exhibition opens tonight at 7pm at the National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), graced with the participation of the German ambassador Andreas von Mettenheim. The opening will also include a performance featuring Diana Wesser (Leipzig), a release by the German Embassy informs.

Originating in John Cage’s experimental music and owing its name to artist George Maciunas – its main coordinator -, the Fluxus movement crystallized, on the one hand, into a global community of visual artists, musicians and poets, and, on the other, in a series of artistic events which Dick Higgins labelled “intermedia”. Due to its use of concepts such as anti-art, anti-poetry, anti-music, anti-literature and anti-commercialism, Fluxus was often compared to the Dada movement.

The exhibition includes works by the likes of Nam June Paik, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Henning Christiansen, Robert Filliou, Ben Patterson, Daniel Spoerri, Wolf Vostell, Dieter Roth, Milan Knizak, Endre Tot, Dick Higgins, Emmet Williams, Joe Jones, Ben Vautier, Gerhard Ruhm, Geoffrey Hendricks, Tatako Saito, George Maciunas, Al Hansen, Tomas Schmit, Arthur Kopcke, Ludwig Gosewitz, Alison Knowles, Robert Rehfeldt, Ute Klophaus, John Hunov, John Cage, Armin Hundertmark, Manfred Leve, S.D. Sauerbier or Jean-Jacques Lebel.

On Wednesday, starting 6pm, the museum’s Auditorium Hall will also host a conference offered by Rene Block titled “To multiply is human – the Fluxus boxes of George Maciunas and other multiples”.

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