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  • Günter Brus

    Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
    Plaça dels Angels, 1
    October 14, 2005–January 15, 2006

    Curated by Manuel J. Borja-Villel and Monika Faber

    Unlike his peers, Viennese Actionist Günter Brus knew how to stop. In 1969, Rudolf Schwarzkogler fell out a window to his death; Otto Mühl and Hermann Nitsch were still orchestrating body-analytical rituals into the ’70s. But Brus sensed the limits of his self-mutilating actions as early as 1970 and decided to convey radicality through more cerebral means. This 140-piece retrospective traces his rebellious spirit from the ’60s to the present, including actions, stage designs, paintings, writings, and idiosyncratic “Image-Poems,” a combination of visionary drawings and acerbic texts. The catalogue, which features Brus’s aphoristic, Karl Krausian prose, promises to posit the former enfant terrible as Actionism’s most inspired member.