Performance art in Eastern Europe - Part of The collection Now
Performance art in Eastern Europe Part of The collection Now
This exhibition reveals developments in Eastern Europe in the period between 1965 and 1985 in the field of performance, a medium used by many avant-garde artists (groups). In 2001, the Slovenian artists’ collective IRWIN began mapping the Eastern European art world. They did this because there had been many simultaneous developments in former socialist Eastern European countries that had never been written about outside the national context. Artists and critics were asked to find a number of artists and to write about their work. The results were collected in a database, the East Art Map, which is featured in the museum’s collection and can be consulted in this exhibition. There are also a number of works on display by the Romanian Ion Grigorescu (1945, Bucharest), the Serbian Raša Todosijevic (1945, Belgrade) and the Russian Andrey Monastirsky (1949 Pechenga).
These works are being displayed because they all reveal a different aspect of performance art in Eastern Europe. They range from performances staged in homes to those put on for a selected public, from subtle to aggressive performances, and from performances transparently addressing issues to clandestine performances.