Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Fluxus Cabinet @ ŠMC, Vilnius

Fluxus Cabinet @ ŠMC, Vilnius

Fluxus Cabinet @ ŠMC, Vilnius.
Fluxus Cabinet @ ŠMC, Vilnius.

  It would be great to be able to handle them! It is a shame, that their monetary/etc value has detached them from their original purpose - cheap, ephemeral publications, to be held. I saw Fluxus exhibition a few years ago in the Baltic, Newcastle. Likewise, the books and boxes were behind the glass. Yet, Fluxus room in Vilnius felt more successful - it looks like a private room, it encourages to explore slowly, like one would explore somebody's library when waiting for a cup of coffee. A comfy chair would be helpful. And a small table with copies of the publications. Thank you.

George Maciunas Fluxus Cabinet

The CAC has recently re-opened its permanent exposition of the George Maciunas Fluxus Cabinet, which for three years toured, as a part of the international exhibition 'Fluxus East: Fluxus Networks in Central Eastern Europe', to several museums in Europe. In 1997 the Cabinet was donated to the CAC as a gift from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Collection; the world's largest collection of Fluxus works, and curated by the influential historian of Fluxus movement Jon Hendricks. The Cabinet consists of nearly 100 objects and presents work by many of the most important Fluxus artists, including; George Maciunas, George Brecht, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Shigeko Kubota, Ben Vautier, Mieko Shiomi, Henry Flynt, La Monte Young, Yoko Ono, and Ay-O. The collection of the Cabinet which includes the scores and visual documentation of Fluxus 'events', photos from seminal Fluxus festivals in Wuppertal, Nice and New York, Fluxus newspapers, and other editions, reveals the interdisciplinary nature of this influential artistic movement and its practices, which changed notions about visual arts in the 1960s.

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