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Fluxus in Belgrade / Salon MoCAB / 5.12.2014. at 7pmProgramme | 05.12.2014
December 5th 2014 - January 25th 2015
Author of the exhibition: Dejan Sretenović Ph.D.
Eric Andersen, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Albert M. Fine,
Robert Filliou, Henry Flynt, Wolf Vostell, Ken Friedman, Al Hansen, Dick
Higgins, Arthur Koepke, Milan Knjižak, Takehisha Kosugi, George Maciunas,
Jackson Mac Low, Alison Knowles, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson,
William De Ridder, James Riddle, Mieko Shiomi, Thomas Schmitt, Endre Tot, Emmet
Williams, Ben Vautier, Robert Watts…
The first and only exhibition in Belgrade dedicated to
Fluxus was held at the Gallery-Legacy of Milica Zorić and Rodoljub Čolaković in
1986 under the title “Fluxus” and it presented the works of the protagonists of
this international neo-avant-garde tendency from the collection of the MoCAB
that counts 18 works, as well as from several private collections. The exhibition
“Fluxus in Belgrade” partly adopts the material from the previous exhibition
and due to this it can be characterized as its new and altered version that
also has a didactic character, and is primarily designed for new generations of
art lovers. Having in mind that the material available now in Belgrade mostly
comes from the period of the historic Fluxus (1962–1966) and the Fluxus from
the first half of the seventies, the exhibition is concentrated on these
periods, appending to the original works (boxes, objects, graphic works,
drawings, scores) textual, photo, video and audio documents related to the
activities of this movement, including exhibits related to the contacts of
domestic authors (Branko Vučićević, Miroljub Todorović) with the protagonists
Fluxus was not a movement but an incoherent constellation of
authors from the fields of music, visual art, performance and poetry who,
relying on the experiences of Dada and Duchamp, shared a common aspiration for
tearing down the culturally set distinction between art and life, and therefore
abolishing the bourgeois institution of art. Fluxus was an “active philosophy
of experience that sometimes takes the form of art” (Ken Friedman) and that
sometimes starts from the belief that artistic activity must be deprived of
special status as a special activity and resituated inside the broader field of
everyday experience. As opposed to the historic avant-gardes, the Fluxus artists
did not strive towards positive utopia and making models for the transformation
of world, but directed their creative potential towards small and simple
events, situations and things that constitute daily life. The Fluxus artists
employed a broad spectrum of expressive means that includes events, happenings,
performances, objects, installations, music, poetry, films, video, multiple and
mail art, all this through destruction of the specialist aspects of art.
Fluxus presented a kind of hub and filter for various
radical ideas, language experiments and manifestations of intermediality that
circulated in the neo-avant-garde circles in the first half of the sixties and
subsequently developed their identity in specific programs and individual
poetics of conceptual and processual art, Arte Povera, performance, mail art
etc. Besides presenting this specific collection of the MoCAB, the exhibition
“Fluxus in Belgrade” has a goal to present this antiartistic,
anti-institutional and countercultural phenomenon, to interpret it from the
contemporary perspective and rescue it from unrecognizability into which if
fell by dispersing its ideas and traces throughout the artistic practices from
the sixties until today.
The Museum of Contemporary Art wishes to thank Bojana
Makavejev, Miroljub Todorović, Branko Vučićević and Branislav Dimitrijević for
loaning exhibits for the exhibition.