Fluxus: International Festival of the Newest Music comprised a series of now legendary events and concerts staged at the Städtisches Museum in Wiesbaden in 1962. They marked the beginning of an artistic movement which continues to influence numerous artistic positions today.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Fluxus, the city of Wiesbaden – regarded as the birthplace of the international Fluxus movement since 1962 – has organized a year-long Fluxus festival in which numerous municipal institutions and cultural organizations were taking part. In addition to hosting an exhibition on the history and practices of Fluxus, the Städtisches Museum was the venue of the world premiere of the Staatstheater production SAM by Katharina Schmidt – a play that investigates the roles of the viewer and protagonist in the arts. Other exhibitions were held at the Nassauischer Kunstverein, the Kunsthaus Wiesbaden, and at a Fluxus pavilion designed especially for the festival by the Fluxus artist Ben Patterson. Fluxus actions, designed to actively integrate the audience, have been presented every day at the Schloss Freudenberg. The commemorative festival also featured a film series and sound workshop for children and young people.
Artistic director: Alexander Klar, Elke Gruhn, Matthias Schenk, Ulrich Meyer-Husmann, Manfred Beilharz; Participating artists: Benjamin Patterson (US), Alison Knowles (US), Ben Vautier (IT), Takako Saito (J), Emily Wardill (GB), Jimmy Robert (BR), Asil Sungu (TR), Katerine Seda (CZ), Armando Queiroz (BR), Johannes Stüttgen, Uwe Oberg, Dirk Marwedel, Wolfgang Schliemann, Axel Schweppe and others
The project was staged at ca. 15 different venues in Wiesbaden.