Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Juan Hidalgo

Tenerife Espacio de las Artes

In 1964, Juan Hidalgo was a founding member of ZAJ—an avant-garde collective crucial to Spanish art during the Franco years. The group has been compared to Fluxus, thanks to its roots in experimental music and its sense of humor. Hidalgo’s work straddles the fields of poetry, performance, and music, all with a cultural sensibility based in Zen thought, which he studied in Italy. The content of his performances and writings—“etcéteras,” as he called them, “public documents” in the form of poster-invitations bearing clever and irreverent phrases—has often been markedly sexual. At the famous Destruction in Art Symposium (dias) in London in 1966, for example, Hidalgo carried out an action entitled Música para cinco perros, un polo y seis intérpretes varones (Music for Five Dogs, a Popsicle, and Six Male Performers). Who would have thought that Hermann Nitsch, Günter Brus, and especially

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