CAGE & Co: Happening, Fluxus & Intermedia in Print

De Lange Zaal (Academy)

Visual and performing artists seem to be interested again in spontaneous and time- and site-specific collaborations. Questioning the boundaries between art forms, but also between artists and their audiences, the work of the Happening, Fluxus and Intermedia artists reveals a radical and investigative attitude. That is why CRAP! (Collection for Research on Artist’s Publications) presents a selection of documents and publications of the Happening, Fluxus and Intermedia network of the 1960s. As such, it follows earlier presentations of the ZERO and COBRA networks at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts.

The exhibition covers the years between 1958 (the experimental music class by Cage) and 1978 (the passing away of George Maciunas). Starting with the influential writings and publications by Cage, it shows anthologies, magazines, catalogues, invitation cards, flyers, artists’ books and ephemera containing works, sounds and statements of the most influential artists of the era. From the US the works of George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Allan Kaprow, George Maciunas, Claes Oldenburg, LaMonte Young, Emmett Williams and Yoko Ono will be presented, whereas the European scene is documented by the published work of Ben Vautier, Robert Filliou, Dieter Roth, Daniel Spoerri and Wolf Vostell. Apart from the printed output of these artists, there will be a permanent screening of Fluxus films and audio-documentation of Fluxus soundpieces and music.


Entrance via Venusstraat 36.