October 6th – November 30th, 2012
Opening: Saturday 6th October – 06:30 p.m.
On Fluxus 50th years’ birthday, Galleria Paola Verrengia presents the exhibition Fluxus &Fluxus: 1962- 2012, edited by Antonio d’Avossa.
The term Fluxus came up in 1962 thanks to George Maciunas (1931-1978), architect, graphic designer and artist, who claimed to have found this word – coming from latin and meaning “to flow” – by thrusting a knife into a dictionary, a dramatic action deriving from Dadaism.
Strongly influenced by Marcel Duchamp and John Cage, Fluxus has been in turn an influence on the whole History of Contemporary Art ever since September 1962 in Wiesbaden: video art, conceptual art, body art, performance and events.
“Everything is art and anyone can do it”, wrote Maciunas in Fluxus Manifesto in February of 1963: “Promote living art, anti-art, promote non art reality to be grasped by all peoples, not only critics, dilettantes and professionals”,
Galleria Paola Verrengia is exhibiting unique and multiple works of -Ay-O, Eric Andersen, George Brecht, Giuseppe Chiari, Philip Corner, Robert Filliou, Henry Flynt, Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Jackson Maclow, Larry Miller, Charlotte Moormann, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Takako Saito, Serge III, Bob Watts, Emmet Williams, Ben Vautrier, Wolf Vostell- artists chosen among the protagonists of that “creative revolution”.
On the 6th of October, Day of the Contemporary, the video “Fluxfilm Anthology” will be projected after an introduction by Antonio d’Avossa. Completed by George Maciunas in the 60s, “Fluxfilm Anthology” is a document composed of 37 short films, ranging from 10 seconds to 10 minutes. These short films (some of them are intended to be projected in sequence) were presented as part of the events and happenings of New York Avant-Garde. Realized by artists like Nam June Paik, Wolf Vostell and Yoko Ono, they are a celebration of Fluxus’ ephemeral and typical humour.
At 09.00 p.m. at Fondazione Filiberto Menna – Centro studi d’arte contemporanea – Silenzio! Per John Cage will be presented: a selection by Stefania Zuliani introduced by Angelo Trimarco.
Special thanks to Caterina Gualco – Galleria Unimedia Modern, Genova – for her kind co-operation.