Wolf Vostell, view of Garcia Lorca, 1986, zinc, lemons, knives, chair, earth, drinks, 118 1/8 x 118 1/8 x 63".


Wolf Vostell

Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain
Place de la Maison Carrée
February 13–May 12, 2008

Curated by Rachel Haidu

Wolf Vostell was not only a pioneer of video art and “dé-coll/age” but also the founder of the first museum of Fluxus. This latter project, an unlikely détente between video and happenings and their institutionalization, could be Vostell's ultimate medium. The first lines of his Itzehoe manifesto (1965) offer a more humorous glimpse of his sensibility: “Read this manifesto / And decollage it, / While you wash it / And dry it.” This retrospective (which builds on an exhibition at the Rheinisches LandesMuseum in Bonn last year) brings together some fifty works in many, and mixed, media, which will likely make apparent links to Raymond Hains, Richard Hamilton, Nam June Paik, and Gerhard Richter—and thus open the boundaries between postwar Germany and its neighbors, much in the spirit of the cosmopolite Vostell himself.