By Maria Gregoriou
Pafos 2017, the organisation in charge of the events being run as part of Paphos being proclaimed the European Capital of Culture for the year 2017, together with exArtis, a cultural movement made up of people wanting to further cultural events in Cyprus, are organising a lecture tomorrow all about the German art movement Fluxus.
The lecture, which will be held at the Old Powerhouse Cultural Centre in Paphos, will be given by German art gallery owner Inge Baecker. The speaker will explain what the movement, which takes art out of museums, really aspires to achieve, along with referring to a number of the movement's representatives. She will also elaborate on how this movement inspired contemporary music and, by doing so, elaborate on how it is still very much practised in the cultural circles of today.
The artistic movement is an international network of artists, composers and designers who tended to blend different artistic media and disciplines in the 1960s. Fluxus has its origins in the experimental music of composer John Cage, who taught a series of experimental composition classes between 1957 and 1959 in New York. Many musicians who attended these classes would later become involved in the movement.
Artist George Maciunas is considered as the founding member of Fluxus. Maciunas fused cultural, social and political revolutions. This all happened after he came into contact with a group of avant-garde artists and musicians who knew of Cage's work. After being established as an anti-art movement, the artists behind the mixing up of various artistic media ran a series of festivals in Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, London and New York. Today the movement is still very much alive and continues to assist in the evolving definition of what art can be.
Baecker, owner of the eponymous gallery which was founded in 1970, is an important art historian who worked closely with many artists of the historical movement during the 60s and 70s. In her first exhibition her gallery hosted the work of German painter and sculptor Wolf Vostell, who was one of the first artists to adopt the movement.
Many international artists have presented their work in her gallery, such as Allan Kaprow, Michael Klerman, Al Hansen, Geoffrey Hendricks, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Milan Knizak, Phil Corner, Sakir GE[micro]kcebag, Endre Tot, John Cage, and Ulrike Rosenbach
Lecture by Inge Baecker on the artistic movement. November 28. Old Powerhouse Cultural Centre, Paphos. 7pm. Free. Tel: 26-932017
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