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Marta Minujín, Menesunda Reloaded (detail), 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Marta Minujín, Menesunda Reloaded (detail), 2019, mixed media, dimensions variable.

Marta Minujín

New Museum

After three years of working in Paris, the Argentinean artist Marta Minujín organized an exhibition of her sculptures, made with pillows and discarded mattresses on wooden structures, and invited other artists to “destroy” them by adding materials evocative of their own practices. She then burned everything. Her first “happening,” called La destrucción (The Destruction), 1963, stemmed from her belief that “art was a way of intensifying life, of having an impact on the viewer by shaking him up. . . . Why, then, was I going to keep my work? . . . So that it could die in cultural cemeteries, the eternity in which I had no interest? I wanted to live and make others live.”

La menesunda (meaning “chaos” or “confusion” in Lunfardo, Buenos Aires slang) followed two years later in Buenos Aires. Made in collaboration with the artist Rubén Santantonín (1919–1969), with contributions from the artists

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