previews

  • George Maciunas

    Kunsthalle Bielefeld
    Artur-Ladebeck-Straße 5
    June 3 - September 9

    Curated by Thomas Kellein

    “Artist and Designer Organized Fluxus to Develop SoHo,” read the headline of the New York Times’ absurd yet oddly fitting 1978 obituary for George Maciunas. The self-described “chairman” of Fluxus did moonlight as a real estate developer, managing properties such as the artist-owned Fluxhouse Cooperatives, beginning in 1966—but he was also a typographer, an architect, an impresario—the list goes on. This retrospective, presenting works from the 1950s to 1978, proposes a uniquely biographical focus on Maciunas and his myriad identities. Kellein has gathered more than 400 works by the artist and other Fluxus practitioners (including George Brecht, Nam June Paik, and Yoko Ono)—from Maciunas’s photographic self-portraits and journals to various Fluxus multiples. In lieu of a catalogue, Kellein’s biography of Maciunas, published by Thames & Hudson, accompanies the show.