Performing the City. Art Actionism in Urban Areas in the 1960s / 1970s

Exhibition, publication, film, presentation

Most of us regard the "city" as merely the lump sum of its static architecture. Performing the City is based on the concept that the "city" is actually a performative venue and is the result of public activities and social processes. From this viewpoint, urban areas become a place of action in which the city is continuously performed in new variations. This exhibition presented the performative art of the 1960s and 1970s, and in particular, its references to certain cities on various continents. Its spectrum included concept and action art, playful interventions and openly political art - a spectrum that tied in aspects of street theatre, political demonstration and action-based urbanism in architecture. The exhibition was supplemented by related films, discussions and an extensive publication featuring this non-material art form which cannot be found in any museum exhibition room.

Curator: Heinz Schütz
Head of Lothringer 13: Uli Aigner (A)

Artists: Vito Acconci (USA), Rasheed Araeen (GB), Bread and Puppet Theatre (USA), HP Bremer, Trisha Brouwn (USA), Daniel Buren (F), André Cadere (RO/F), Colette (F), Braco Dimitrijevic (BIH), Felipe Ehrenberg (MEX), Övind Fahlström (BR/S), Luciano Ferrara (I), Fred Forest (F), Galleria Inesistente (I), Grupo No (MEX), Al Hansen (USA), Hi Red Center (J), Allan Kaprow (USA), Ku-Lim Kim (ROK), Kollektive Aktionen (RUS), Marcos Kurtyckz (MEX), Yayoi Kusama (J), Jean Jacques Lebel (F), HA Schult, Seung-Taek Lee (ROK), Living Theatre (USA), OHO (SLO), Günther Saree (CZ/D), Shozo Shimamoto (J), Regina Silveira (BR), Totart (RUS), Viajou Sem Passaporte (BR), Wolf Vostell, 3NÓS3 (BR) and many others

Schedule and venues
Exhibition: 14 October 2008 - 30 November 2008 Lothringer 13, Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich; 13 December 2008 - 2 February 2009 PAN - Palazzo delle Arti di Napoli (I); February - March 2009 Centro Cultural di São Paulo (BR); 15 May - 2 August 2009 INHA - Institut national d'histoire de l'art Paris (F)
Symposium: 21 - 22 November 2008 Academy of the Arts Munich


Lothringer 13
Städtische Kunsthalle München

Lothringer Straße 13

81667 München (external link, opens in a new window)