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2 X MINI GIANTS: A PROJECT FOR ARTFORUM

THE EAST EUROPEAN REVOLUTION produced a playwright-president, Vaclav Havel in Czechoslovakia, but few people know that it also produced a Fluxus-president: Vytautas Landsbergis, the president of Lithuania. During the spring of 1990, the image of this bespectacled and stoop-shouldered “music professor” paraded across the TV news every day. He successfully defied the blockade of Soviet power and the “benevolent” advice of the Western press to go slow lest he destroy the superpower summit. When Gorbachev received the Nobel Prize, Landsbergis sent him a congratulatory telegram: “Your Majesty. . . . ”

This audacious style of David-and-Goliath situation strongly reminded me of Landsbergis’ best friend, George Maciunas, founder of the “small” Fluxus Movement and the “enormous” SoHo glitz.

Landsbergis and Maciunas were both the sons of well-to-do architects, and were best friends at a grade school

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