• Christian Falsnaes, One, 2013. Performance view, November 7, 2013. Center: Christian Falsnaes. Photo: Alwin Lay.

    Christian Falsnaes


    The performances of Christian Falsnaes, a Danish artist who lives in Berlin, often seem pretty mean-spirited—even cynical. And yet by balancing his art on the brink of the intolerable, he has given it a unique power. His performances draw viewers in with deft manipulation and involve them in the action. Since the 1960s, this sort of art has generally been described as emancipatory, even though it sometimes has a distinctly authoritarian edge to it; think of Joseph Beuys’s actions, in which the problem of authority was notoriously unresolved.

    Falsnaes’s actions address the issue of authority

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